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Roland Champion Champagne Special Club Grand Cru
Champagne Roland Champion
France - Champagne   

The Special Club concept started in 1971. A dozen wine growers from some old families of Champagne had an idea to familiarize people with the originality of the “Champagne de Vigneron” (Champagne of wine grower), thanks to prestigious vintages.

In the beginning, they created an association called the “Club des Viticulteurs Champenois” and chose a bottle with a special shape, created exclusively for them & used only by then. In 1988, they changed the bottle and the label. In 1999, the Club changed its name to “Club Trésor of Champagne.”

The Club Trésors comprises 28 artisan wine makers, selected from the finest areas of the Champagne region, each one recognized for the quality of their work. The Club Trésors is the only organization in Champagne to select its members according to a set of unrelenting quality standards:

  • Each wine maker must make their champagnes entirely in his, or her, own premises and cellars. Furthermore, the champagne must be made exclusively from grapes harvested in his, or her, own vineyards.
  • Each wine maker is devoted to his work and passionately protects the quality and the unique character of his own terroir.
  • The jury of oenologists and wine professionals who select the champagnes demand irreproachable quality in both the work in the vineyard and the wines.
  • Each champagne is subject to two blind tastings (once at the still wine stage before bottling and again after 3 years ageing in bottle) by a panel of passionate and distinguished oenologists and wine makers. 4 years aging minimum is required.
  • A Special Club champagne may only be made in outstanding vintage years.

Roland Champion's Special Club selection has rich and structured aromas. Very pleasant and generous roundness, nice length in mouth. Golden color with buttery and fruity aromas. All the expression of a magnificent terroir for your most pleasurable moments.

Specifications
Wine Type
Sparkling
Varietal(s)
100% Chardonnay
Vinification
Aged 5 years sur lattes.
Production
1,000 (9-liter cases) - select vintages only (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Lobster, scallops or desserts

Reviews and News

2012 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 95 PTS - IWR

2012 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 95 PTS - IWR

i winereview logo"The Special Club offers notes of brioche and poached pear on the nose and presents a rich, fresh palate of excellent textural richness and complexity. Finishes long and focused with hints of oyster shell and citrus. Overall, an outstanding Special Club from the superb 2012 vintage. This cuvée meets the rigorous production and tasting standards of the Club Trésors; it’s 100% old vine Chardonnay with 6 years sur latte."

- I-WineReview (Champagne: Diversity and Change, January 2020), 95 pts

 

2012 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 94 PTS - WE

2012 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 94 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 94 pts"Special Club is a group of growers who taste and approve each other's chosen Champagnes before release, giving a wine with this label special cachet. This rich wine, aged for 10 years on its lees, is well textured, with fruit that still shows youth and intense apple and citrus flavors. Drink from 2022. - Roger Voss"

- Wine Enthusiast (December 1st 2019), 94 pts

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2011 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 94 PTS - WE

2011 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 94 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 94 pts"Produced from old vines in the Grand Cru vineyards of Chouilly in the Côte des Blancs, this is a beautifully crisp, ripe wine, showing taut fruit and fine, stylish acidity. As a Special Club bottling, it adheres to stringent qualitative guidelines set out by an elite group of growers. Still young, it will be best from 2019. - Roger Voss"

- Wine Enthusiast (May 2017), 94 pts

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2011 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 93 PTS - IWR

2011 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 93 PTS - IWR

iwinereview"This Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs offers a complex mélange of pear and apple with touches of lime citrus and pastry. It’s broad and rich on the palate with emphatic chalky mineral notes that persist on a long, flavorful finish. Spends a minimum of 5 years on the lees."
- International Wine Review (Champagnes & Sparkling Wines for the Holidays: The Best of 2018), 93 pts

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2010 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 91 PTS - WS

2010 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 91 PTS - WS

wine spectator 91 pts"This firm version is enriched by flavors of poached apple, slivered almond and candied kumquat, with an exotic hint of dried papaya riding the lively bead. Chalky finish. Drink now through 2025. 500 cases made. "

- Wine Spectator (web only 2015), 91 pts

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2007 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 92 PTS + Cellar Selection - WE

2007 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 92 PTS + Cellar Selection - WE

Wine Enthusiast 92 Pts"In perfect balance now, this is a great expression of mineral-driven Chardonnay. Its acidity is a vehicule for the crisp flavors of pear and lime, with a hint of ginger. It's still young, so drink it now for its great fruit, or age for four more years."

Wine Enthusiast (December 1st 2012), 92 pts + CELLAR SELECTION

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2007 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 92 PTS - WS

2007 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 92 PTS - WS

Wine Spectator 92 Pts"Well-knit, with a fine texture and a subtle blend of Gala apple, bread dough, pickled ginger, apricot and meringue. Shows good intensity through to the minerally finish. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made. –AN"

Wine Spectator (November 30, 2012), 92 pts

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2007 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 90 PTS - IWC

2007 Champagne Roland Champion Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru - 90 PTS - IWC

Tanzer International Wine Cellar 90 Pts"Light yellow-gold. Lively, mineral-accented aromas of lemon pith, white flowers and chalk, with a subtle leesy nuance in the background. Racy and precise, offering good cut to its citrus and orchard fruit flavors. A hint of anise comes up with air and carries through the long, stony finish. "

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Josh Raynolds, November/December 2012), 90 pts

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Producer Information: Champagne Roland Champion

This small grower and member of Champagne’s elite Special Club is located in the Grand Cru Village of Chouilly. The house was founded in 1929 by André Champion, who created ...
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