Tasted - Champagne Marguet 'Shaman' Brut 2014

No sulphur, no sugar, no worries...

Based on the 2014 vintage, this is 69% Pinot Noir and 31% Chardonnay, with the majority of the fruit coming from the estate-owned vineyards in the Grand Crus of Ambonnay and Bouzy.

This wine is certified Organic, with the back label proudly declaring the lack of either sulphites or dosage added at disgorgement. It requires considerable skill to produce a stable, balanced product without the help of these two sturdy weapons; such skill that I often hesitate to buy such wines unless they're relatively recent disgorgements that have been well-stored. No such worries here. The funny thing about this kind of wine is that it reaches its window a bit sooner than some others, so can seem friendlier upon release than wines that are built for the long-haul. This was just great, and top value from the Wine Society at £31.

Champagne Marguet 'Shaman' Brut 2014
A few shades of apple here - blossom, posh apple juice and gently caramalised apple tart. The fruit shows some different sides though, with some lovely summer berries and honeyed apricot too.There's a buttermilk sweetness which points to some oak influence, and some clove/juniper/fennel seed spice complexity too. However that side of things is nicely toned-down and the wine feels pure and fresh. Intensity and real length of ripe acidity. It's quite rare that I find a zero-dosage wine that feels absolutely complete and settled to my palate, but the generosity of this style achieves just that. 93/100