Forget-Chemin (Ludes/Montagne de Reims)

Each year Thierry Forget sells some of his output to Veuve Clicquot, jealously keeping the best grapes for himself. He is based in the village of Ludes, between Reims and Epernay, and makes his Champagnes in the classic Montagne de Reims style. He has 12 hectares of prime 1er Cru vines scattered over ten villages, four of which are in the Montagne on chalk. The base Champagne is a blend of three vintages made in equal parts of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Thierry often runs out of his Rose. Every time there is a great vintage in the area, he makes one or two barrels of old vine Pinot Noir which he blends to make his Rose Champagne.