Thienot x Penfolds Champagne Vintage 2012 Thienot x Penfolds Vintage 2012 Champagne Bottle with Gift Box Thienot x Penfolds 2012 Vintage Champagne

Penfolds Special Bottlings

Lot. 1-175 Chardonnay Pinot Noir Cuvée 2012

Introducing a limited release Champagne to toast 175 years of winemaking endeavours. We have re-ignited our love affair with France, a special place for Penfolds, where winemaker Max Schubert was inspired to create Grange. Partnered with Thiénot, a respected player in the world of Champagne, Penfolds instigated hands-on involvement throughout the tirage storage to create an extraordinary 2012 Chardonnay Pinot Noir Cuvée.

A Champagne worthy of celebrating our past, present and future.

When To Drink
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window now - 2040.
Taste Description

An inviting pale straw hue, not quite yet revealing or reflecting expectant tints of yellow/gold.

An immediate statement, perhaps proclamation – at once alluring, rich, opulent, majestic. Complex yet pure.
Where to start? Outdoors – subtle fresh tobacco leaf, freshly cut hay, unfurled honeysuckle.
Indoors – scents of crème brûlée, pomme au four, toffee-apple.
Sitting in glass – Chalk/Champagne/Classic.

Even and assured all the way across palate. Tension on finish. Contentment thereafter.
A fruited-sweet attaque ... and then that seductive acidity – not camouflaged by a dosage at only 4 g/L.
Moreover delicate, not minimalist.
Faintly recognisable pecan and Brazil nut, apple and spice. Refreshingly expressive.
Complete. Pure. Latent.

Technical Information

Origin: Champagne, France. Vineyard Regions; Vertus (25%), Verzenay (15%), Mesnil-sur-Oger (15%), Tauxieres (15%), Aÿ (10%), Cramant (10%), Cumières (5%), Avenay Val d’Or (5%).

Disgorge Date: 15 October 2018.

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 12.5%, Acidity: 6.7g/L, pH: 3.02, Dosage: 4g/L, MLF: 100%.

Variety: 50% Chardonnay (Vertus, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant), 50% Pinot Noir (Verzenay, Tauxieres, Aÿ, Cumières, Avenay Val d’Or).

Vintage Conditions

Apart from a few days of extremely cold weather in early February, it would be fair to say that Champagne benefitted from a mild, if not rather wet, 2011/2012 winter. The weather then proceeded to warm up very quickly, creating an almost summer-like March (i.e. sunny, warm and dry). On average, budburst occurred at the end of March, approximately two weeks earlier than usual. Cold conditions returned in April, with temperatures falling below 0°C across ten nights. Dry conditions assisted to limit damage, although spring frosts still destroyed a part of the crop, particularly during the nights of April 16th and 17th. From May until mid-July, the weather remained cool and wet, which slowed the growth of the vines. August delivered terrific weather.

Perfect warm and dry conditions during the last weeks of ripening paved the way for a relaxed harvest of sound and impressive fruit. Optimal levels of ripeness were availed and picking commenced on 12th September. Although the 2012 harvest was not huge, it will certainly set a new benchmark and a legacy of long-lived wines.

About Thiénot
It was in 1985 that Alain Thiénot founded the Champagne House bearing his name, drawing on the strength of his experience as a merchant and his privileged relations with the producers of the Champagne region. It was bold to accept this challenge in circles where the greatest names were made in the 18th century. Never compromising on quality or know-how, Alain Thiénot made his contemporary vision one of his greatest strengths. Over the ensuing years, the Alain Thiénot name has been conquering French and international markets through gastronomy. Alain passed on his passion and vision to his two children, Garance and Stanislas, who decided to work alongside him. Now, as an independent, family-run business with a resolutely modern approach, their Champagne House continues to develop.
The 2012 vintage is the first Champagne Thiénot x Penfolds release. This symbolically celebrates Penfolds 175th anniversary and marks the start of a wonderful French and Australian wine alliance.  

“Whilst the singularly expressive & acutely defined siblings, 2012 Blanc de Noirs & 2012 Blanc de Blancs, play their role in this trio’s inaugural release, this cuvée synergistically creates its own stage, commanding its own space. What is so obvious from the first sip & sniff – time will be kind to this wine. A revelational journey awaits.”

Peter Gago,

Penfolds Chief Winemaker