Every Friday The no1 Champagne expert in the world will taste new & old Champagne s to give You a tip or two for the weekend. This week Richard Juhlin tasted new champagnes from Boizel. [read the full champagne story]
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Boizel still has eleven bottles remaining from 1834, the year when the firm was established at Épernay. This particular treasure chamber is unique in Champagne in having several undisgorged wines from the nineteenth century. The cellars lie under the Avenue de Champagne, next door to the house where Christian Pol-Roger used to live. Boizel has always been better known abroad than at home in France. Evelyne Roques-Boizel is president of the company today, but all her decisions are made together with her very likeable husband. Chanoine and Bruno Paillard are now shareholders in this noble Champagne domain.
Boizel buys grapes from fifty different villages. They are then blended by Pascal Vautier, the oenologist on the staff of nineteen employees. Boizel are best known for their low prices, but I think the quality deserves better. Both the Chardonnay and the cuvée de prestige Joyau de France are of very high class in their respective categories, and a few of the older chanterelle-scented vintages are truly great. Boizel Chardonnay is a lovely Champagne with a delightful mousse and a burnt ochre colouring. A romantic aroma of summer blossoms and vanilla. A broadly lovable, buttery style. The latest edition is the best that I have come across.