H. Blin 2011 Vintage Brut Champagne

£38.00

When Champagne gets this good, it's time to ask not what your Champagne can do for you, but what you can do for your Champagne. How best can you set...

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When Champagne gets this good, it's time to ask not what your Champagne can do for you, but what you can do for your Champagne. How best can you set off its hazelnut, lemon and fig charms? How might you complement its subtle, diffuse mousse?

What canapés might you serve with it and to whom should you serve it to? These are big questions, and this is a big Champagne. In fact, the only thing that isn't big about it is the price.

The H. Blin Champagne house was founded in 1947 when Henri Blin persuaded 28 of his grower friends around the village of Vincelles to join him in building a co-operative winery and business. With little capital to invest, they paid for new equipment with bottles of their Champagne. Today, H. Blin is co-owned by 100 family growers who have 110 hectares of vineyard between them. All vines are treated with minimal recourse to herbicides and pesticides. Today, nearly sixty years later, Champagne H. Blin has 130 hectares, mainly located in the Marne Valley, the cradle of Pinot Meunier. Three grape varieties are used for the production of Champagne H. Blin: Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. No grapes are purchased externally, to ensure total control of the product from grape to customer.


Champagne H. Blin are noted for their predominant use of the Pinot Meunier, a grape variety that gives intense fruity and fresh aromas. H.Blin Champagnes are aged on the lees much longer that the required time, from minimum 20 months for the non-vintage Champagnes to five years for the vintage and six to eight years for the premium cuvées Blin’s.


Tony Rasselet, a qualified oenologist, has been H. Blin’s Director for 25 years and is responsible for the constant investment in the vineyard, the press house and the cellars. Simon Blin, grand son of the founder Henri Blin, and 8th generation of Champagne grower, is its President.


The grapes, from 25-35-year-old vines, on a south-facing, fertile, siliceous vineyard with limestone, are picked by hand. They are then crushed in the press house close to the vineyard and the must is transported to the winery a hundred meters away where stainless steels vats await. Alcoholic fermentation occurs in open, temperature-controlled tanks (16-18°C). Then the malolactic fermentation is allowed to happen naturally. The malolactic fermentation enables a natural reduction of the acidity and avoids the use of violent techniques to mask acidity like micro filtration, over sulphuring or a heavy dosage during disgorgement. Wines are then blended, bottle fermented, aged on the lees for five and a half years, before being disgorged and having dosage added.


An intense straw yellow, with shades of amber, it has an abundant, diffuse mousse. Fragrances of grass and meadow flowers drift out of the glass, alongside indulgent aromas of fresh berries with scents of pineapple. On the palate, you can discover flavours of figs, prunes, apricot, ginger bread and honey.

UK Mainland Addresses

(excludes Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, and the Isles of Wight, Man and Scilly - please see below)

Service Price Additional Information

Standard

£4.95

FREE

Most Standard Delivery parcels arrive within 2 working days of placement of your order.

Free Standard Delivery is offered on all orders of £100 or more.
Next Day £6.95

If you place an order by 2pm (UK time), Monday - Thursday, it will be delivered the next day*. Orders placed between 2pm on Thursday and 2pm on Friday will be delivered on the following Monday and orders placed between 2pm Friday and 2pm Monday will be delivered on the following Tuesday.

Saturday £11.95
(all order values)

Orders must be placed online by 2pm Friday to be delivered on the Saturday of the same week, otherwise it is assumed the order is for the following Saturday. Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.

Next Day Before 12noon £12.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Next Day Before 10am £19.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Remote Areas - Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and The Scilly Isles

Delivery Service Price Additional Information

Standard

£9.95

We can only offer Standard Delivery to these parts of the UK and delivery times will vary locally. Typically, orders placed before 2pm should be received in 3 or 4 working days, although some of the most rural locations may take longer.** Free Standard Delivery to mainland UK addresses on orders over £100.