The Champagne of Etienne Calsac L’Échappée Belle is first fermented in steel, with added vin de rèserve, and fermented again in bottle. It’s 100% Chardonnay, with a beautiful light gold color, and creamy perlage.
This elegant Champagne has fresh citrus aromas, as well as notes of white flowers, almond, bread, and hints of sweet spices. On the palate, it’s crisp and dry, with light notes of citrus, pear, and apple. It has a great elegance and minerality.
The L’Échappée Belle is an elegant wine by Champagne of Etienne Calsac, and is great with caviar and fresh cheeses. It’s also wonderful with smoked salmon, fish dishes, or seafood risotto.
Etienne Calsac is one of the rising superstars of Champagne. In 2010, at only the age of 26, he took over his grandparents’ vineyards in Avize. The grapes his grandparents grew were originally sold to other, larger houses, but Etienne wanted to change that. He envisioned his own domaine, and thus, Champagne Calsac was born. Using only organic farming methods, and no chemicals or pesticides, he began making his own terroir Champagne with meticulous attention to each detail. He likes to experiment with his Champagnes, and it works out. His drinks are stars, receiving great reviews and attaining considerable popularity. He is young yet, and his name and reputation will no doubt continue to rise.
Fine sparkling wine must be handled with care. For short-term storage (a few days to a month), you can keep your bottle upright—but away from bright or artificial light. For long-term storage, especially for vintage cuvées, you must store the bottles on their side in a wine rack or cellar to keep the cork from drying out. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 10°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 1 to 3 days standing upright in the refrigerator.