I continue to think this is one of Prévost's finest releases of the decade.
About The Wine
The La Closerie Les Beguines cuveé hails from a small plot in the hamlet of Gueux, 10km west of Reims, in the north of Champagne.
Planted in the 1960s, this vineyard was handed down from Prevost's grandmother and is comprised of almost exclusively Pinot Meunier. A decade ago, small parcels of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Blanc were planted close by and find their way into the blend.
Around 20% reserve wine was blended into this disgorgement making for a more approachable example of the cuveé in its youth. Only released in tiny quantities, this is one of the region's most sought-after examples of the Meunier grape.
About Jerome Prevost
Jerome Prevost is a pint-sized artisan Champagne grower based in Gueux.
Prevost was encouraged to start vinifying his small inherited plot by Anselme Selosse, one of the most important figures in modern Champagne. Prevost made his first cuvees alongside Selosse until 2003 and has developed a similar style, producing focused, intensely vinous cuveés with very low levels of dosage.
Though these are not vintage releases, per se, a single harvest forms the basis of each wine and is indicated on the label: e.g. LC18 indicating "LC" number (Lot Consigné) 2018 vintage.
The wines are based on super low-yielding Pinot Meunier predominantly - regarded by many as some of the region's finest expressions of the variety.