Haslinger Brut NV
Haslinger Brut NV is true Champagne and the best value proper French Champagne you will find. A classic blend of all 3 Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Superb citrus and white stone fruits on the nose. Vivacious and balanced on the palate.
Dominated by Pinot (at 73%), this cuvee sees primary fermentation in small oak cask, not stainless steel, resulting in a wine that is at once powerful and full-bodied,Malolactic fermentation is always avoided, creating verve and tension, drive and energy across the palate.
The Champagne opens with aromas of pears poached in white wine with a sprinkling of clove, ginger, anise and vanilla – the poaching liquid reduced and finished with mascarpone, spread on pâte feuilletée with thinly sliced pear. It’s creamy and refined, with a delicate mousse that sparkles across the palate as an aperitif. But the real show-stopper is to turn this bad-boy’s richness loose at the dinner table, supporting everything from Coq au Vin Blanc with tarragon and chestnuts to coconut and celery root puree with sautéed pink peppercorn shrimp and scallions.
It’s reasonable that many people have never heard of Haslinger – because it is entirely made at G.H. Martel Champagne Company (not to be confused with Martel Cognac Company). In 1869 Martel was founded by the energetic Henry Leopold Tabourin in the small village of Avenay, France just a few kilometers outside of Epernay. Henry must have been an amazingly energic man, because he also helped found the Champagne houses Devuax and Rapeneau, among others – all of which survive to this day. Upon Henry’s death, Martel was passed on to his son Andre, which bring us up to 1979. Andre left no heirs, so his father’s friend and business partner, Ernest Rapeneau, bought the company. Jean-Remy, the fourth generation, now runs Martel to this day.