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Champagne Jeeper’s first Grand Cru
Champagne Jeeper is introducing a Grand Cru Champagne for the rst time which has been carefully aged for eight years.
The Grand Cru completes the collection of house cuvées from this property that has a winemaking history with the Goutorbe family that goes back to the 18th century. The Jeeper name is in tribute to Armand Goutorbe, a French army intelligence officer in the Second World War, who helped save the lives of American and Allied soldiers. When he returned to Champagne after the war he was given a Willy’s Jeep by the US army as a tribute for his services to help him work in the vineyards. The 4×4 led Goutorbe to re-name the family’s Champagne Jeeper in 1949.
The new Jeeper Grand Cru Champagne comes from the best soils in its appellation and is in keeping with the signature house style or what it calls “the Jeeper Taste”.
The Champagne includes fruit from the barrel ageing for two and a half years of Avize, Cramant and Mesnil sur Oger, combined with a blend of Ambonnay and Boozy Pinot Noir to help give it a balanced structure. It is made up of 98% Chardonnay and 2% Pinot Noir.
The house has only used the best bunches of grapes for its inaugural Grand Cru. The cellar master and winemakers then carefully selected each parcel of wine to be aged in barrels and for the pre- assemblages. The Champagne was also aged five years in vats for extra texture and to allow the wine to express itself. The Grand Cru has a subtle dosage and was disgorged at 6.5g/l. It was then aged in Chardonnay cask for a year. «This cuvée is a magnificent representation of the terroirs present in our vineyard. It perfectly re ects the permanent quest for excellence that is the watchword of our house,” said Sidonie Lalauze-Martin, cellar manager at Domaines Jeeper.
Hall 1 / Stand C138