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Frerejean Frères – Shaking up the champagne market
Here at Honest Grapes we have always been avid fans of craft champagne producers Frerejean Frères and we were delighted to see them used by Forbes as a leading example of what they are calling the ‘quiet revolution’ in the champagne market.
Founded in 2005 by brothers Rudolphe, Guillaume and Richard Frerejean Taittinger, champagne has always been a part of their heritage (according to Forbes, Rudolphe was quite literally baptised in the stuff). They established their maison in Avize, one of those wonderfully scenic French villages enclosed by sloping vines in the heartland of grand cru chardonnay, and an inspiring setting for the brothers to brew their bubbly.
Embodying the artisanal approach with only 120,000 bottles produced annually, we tend to think of Frerejean Frères as a new breed of the old school. Indeed, they have embarked on a mission to revive some of the oldest traditions of the craft, including the sabrage. Back in 2014 our wine director Tom Harrow left a slew of bottle necks in his wake when he joined the brothers on a press trip around London showcasing their Premier Cru Extra Brut.
While they have great respect for tradition and only use grapes from premier cru and grand cru vineyards, Frerejean Frères aren’t afraid to experiment and try something different. With extended time on the lees, at least six years and sometimes as long as 15, their wines boast a degree of finesse and complexity that rivals some of the biggest names in the industry.
And the results speak for themselves. The Frerejean Frères Cuvée des Hussards 2012 got 97/100 in the Decanter World Wine Awards, while Jancis Robinson speaks glowingly of the Frerejean Frères Blanc de Blancs in her 17/20 pts review. For the second year running they have been chosen as the official champagne of the Michelin awards.
In an industry that has traditionally been dominated by big guns like Moet et Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, it is extremely refreshing to see small maisons like Frerejean Frères shake up the status quo and get the credit they richly deserve. Their fizz is now available in some of the world’s grandest hotels and restaurants, including Michelin three-star establishments such as London’s The Dorchester and The New York's Le Bernadin.
We’re also proud to say that it’s available from us too.
£64.30 / 1 bottle
£385.80 / 6 bottles
"This particular champagne was incredible, with loads of nutty brioche on the nose as well as apples and orchard fruits. Its mouthfeel was far silkier, richer and plumper than any of the wines beforehand and as a small grower champagne, with a production of only 3000 bottles, this rivals any of the big brands for taste alone. We’re going as far to say it outstrips them. Sorry Ruinart but we’ve got a new favourite Blanc de blancs."
£34.50 / 1 bottle
£189.00 / 6 bottles
"An expressive nose of dried fruit, honey and almonds, produces flavours of apples & pears, candied fruits and brioche."
Frerejean Frères Premier Cru Brut Kosher also available for £315.00 / 6 bottles.
£113.60 / 1 bottle
£681.60 / 6 bottles
"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."
£646.00 / 1 bottle
"A silky palette, developing into layers of white fruits, with a beautifully mineral finish."
Tom Harrow, Wine Director
Published on: February 19, 2020