Denis Chaput

Noir de Jade Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut NV

Region: France - Champagne

Denis Chaput

In the mid-twelfth century, a Templar base was established in Arrentières. In 1312, under pressure from the King of France (Philip IV, known as Philip the Fair), Pope Clement V dissolved the Order of the Knights Templar. As a result, an inventory of their property and possessions was drawn up. This states that the Templars owned vines in Arrentières which “produce 35 muids in a good year” (a muid is a large barrel).   Since that time, wine has always been produced… subject of course to the various conflicts and turmoil that inevitably occur in the course of history.

The first winegrower to bear the name Chaput moved to Arrentières in 1862. By 1878, he had his own wine press. The first Chaput champagne, “Cuvée des Rochottes”, was produced in the early 1930s. It is a tradition that continues today. The vineyards consist of 26 individual plots located just next door to the winery. The hillsides face South-East to West, with the steepness of the slopes ranging from 5 to 20%. The soil varies in its proportion of pebbles, its depth, and its richness in clay with each plot showcasing its own individual character producing correspondingly different wines.

Today, the Chaput brothers Nicolas and Xavier, along with their father Denis and mother Jacquline, have preserved the Templar legacy by renovating the last vestiges of a Templar commandery established there between the 12th and 14th centuries. To experience their Champagnes in their tasting cellar and tower is truly to walk through history.

Reviews

92 Points

Denis Chaput’s “Noir de Jade” Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut is composed entirely from pinot noir, with the vast majority of the vines having been planted in 1990. The vins clairs are fermented and aged in stainless steel and do not go through malolactic fermentation. The current release is from the base year of 2018 and includes fifteen percent reserve wines from the 2015 vintage. It was disgorged in July of 2022 after three years aging sur latte and finished with a dosage of five grams per liter. The bouquet is deep, bright and complex, wafting from the glass in a lovely blend of white peach, apple, pâtissière, a complex base of limestone minerality and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, complex and full bodied, with a lovely spine of acidity, a lovely core of fruit, fine mineral drive, excellent focus and grip, elegant mousse and a long, complex and very well balanced finish. This is first class Aube pinot noir! 2023 – 2040

View From The Cellar, January, 2024