Champagne Frerejean Frères FJF 2012 Cuvée des Hussards, Premier Cru, 750mL
The Frerejean Taittinger brothers are the latest generation in a line of cannon-makers, who supplied the French army defending the region against the Prussians, during the Napoleonic Wars. Frerejean Frères take a fresh approach to Champagne, which respects traditional methods, but leaves room for innovation. Rooted in the grand cru village of Avize, Frerejean Frères only uses grand cru and premier cru plots from the Côte des Blancs.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from specific vieilles vignes from Premier and Grand Cru plots of the Côte des Blancs.
85% Chardonnay from Cramant, Avize, Grauves & Chouilly, 15% Pinot Noir from Vertus.
Named in homage to Napolean’s light cavalry – who were the first to use the art of sabrage, Cuvée des Hussards is powerful. The nose is expressive, with notes of citrus fruits, white flowers and summer fruits. On the palate, the Cuvée des Hussards 2012 is silky, generous, developing into layers of white fruits and a beautiful minerality to finish.
97/100, Platinum Award - Decanter World Wine Awards
96+/100 - Bordeaux Index
Trophy Winner & Gold Medal, Classic & Elegant category - Glass of Bubbly
"Pale and lively. Straight up the nose. Quite different from the wines so far. More lively and tense but good undertow. Fruit not oak expressed here. Racy with depth and undertow. Vibrant "
17/20 - JANCIS ROBINSON (MW)