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The deep blue sea is a mystical, yet mysterious place. While it covers two thirds of our planet, 95% of it has yet to be explored. The small percentage of sea floor that has been discovered by man tells tales of many a shipwreck. Now, these floors tell stories of our latest bubbly addition - The Abysse.

Under The Sea

The Abysse Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru collection began this voyage nearly four years before its submergence. The Chardonnay grapes that make up this blend were hand harvested from the M. Hostomme vineyard, whose history in the Champagne region of France dates back to the 1800’s. Once harvested, the grapes were whole cluster pressed. Pressing is a slow and methodical process, and, more specifically, whole cluster pressing results in a finer, higher quality juice.
 

Under temperature control, initial fermentation of the Chardonnay took place in stainless steel tanks (70%) and Burgundy oak barrels (30%), with no Malolactic fermentation. In preparation for a second round of fermentation, the first round is relatively quick and warm. This method results in a neutral wine that is higher in acidity, which is a key requirement for the wine to engage in the lees aging.

Once the initial fermentation stage is complete, the blending occurs. Blending wines is a masterful skill and is one that sets Champagne apart from all other wine producing regions around the world. For the Abysse Blanc de Blancs collection, the winemakers blended their wine of the year with reserve wines from previous years.

After the blending comes the second round of fermentation which occurs in the bottle. Several grams of yeast and sugar are added, though the recipes varies amongst winemakers. This process just as unique and it is vital to the creation of Champagne.
 

Following the second fermentation, the Abysse Blanc de Blanc bottles began aging on lees, which is a process where the wine interacts with dead yeast cells. As the yeast cells break down, they release tiny amounts sugar and amino acids. The combination of these two agents alter the flavor and texture of the finished champagne. These bottles were aged on lees for 48 months before they were sent to Ushant to complete the aging process.

The oceanic environment - with its steady temperature and lack of light - embodies ideal elements for aging, yet there aren’t many Champagne houses that embrace this methodology. M. Hostomme is one of the seven Champagne houses in France that has experimented, and perfected, the ocean-aging process, and Brower Family Wines is proud to be the first and only winery to bring this collection to the United States.

The M. Hostomme Collection also includes M06, Perfect Blanc de Blancs, Réserve Blanc de Blancs, Roseé Brut Traditional Brut.

THE ABYSSE

The Flavor Report

What does it taste like?
Carmelized peach, Toasted almonds, Refreshing minerality

What does it smell like?
Mandarin oranges, Star anise, Chocolate

Where is it from?
Côte des Blancs - Marne, France

What are the grape varietals?
100% Chardonnay

What does it pair well with?
Foie gras, Oysters rockefeller, Special occasions

M06

The Flavor Report

What does it taste like?
Citrus, Fig, Pralines

What does it smell like?
Vanilla, Nutmeg, Grapefruit

Where is it from?
Côte des Blancs - Marne, France

What are the grape varietals?
100% Chardonnay

What does it pair well with?
Lobster, Butternut squash ravioli, Baked brie

PERFECT BLANC DE BLANCS

The Flavor Report

What does it taste like?
Lemon, Tangerine

What does it smell like?
Carmelized apples, Pastries

Where is it from?
Côte de Blancs - Marne, France

What are the grape varietals?
100% Chardonnay

What does it pair well with?
Aperitifs, Seafood, Shellfish

RÉSERVE BLANC DE BLANCS

The Flavor Report

What does it taste like?
Citrus, Applesauce

What does it smell like?
Grapefruit, Freshly baked bread

Where is it from?
Côtes des Blancs - Marne, France

What are the grape varietals?
100% Chardonnay

What does it pair well with?
Seafood, Curry dishes, Alfredo

ROSÉ BRUT

The Flavor Report

What does it taste like?
Fresh strawberry, Raspberry

What does it smell like?
Bright cherry, Aromatic herbs

Where is it from?
Vallée de la Marne, France

What are the grape varietals?
50% Pinot Noir and 50% Pinot Meunier

What does it pair well with?
Fruit, Dessert, A romantic evening

TRADITION BRUT

The Flavor Report

What does it taste like?
Almond, Citrus

What does it smell like?
Ripe pear, Spiced apple

Where is it from?
Côtes des Blancs & Vallée de la Marne

What year was it made?
40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir and 40% Pinot Meunier

What does it pair well with?
Aperitifs, Poultry dishes, Hard cheeses

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