La Closerie was established in 1987 by Jérôme Prévost, who inherited the 2 ha vineyards from his grandmother which is known as Les Béguines. Jérôme's grandmother didn’t cultivate the vines herself but rented them out instead. Jérôme then worked on the vines himself as he took over, and sold his grapes out to the negoce, but a few years later, he considered producing his own wines. As he did not have any winemaking experience, he decided to work at Jacques Selosse under Anselme Selosse as a trainee. With Anselme's encouragement, he started working on his own wines from 1998 and released his first wine in 2001, in which Selosse shared a corner of his cellar in Avize as Jérôme did not have facilities of his own back then. It was not until 2002 that he acquired his own cellar in Gueux.
Jérôme Prévost doesn't make vintage-labelled Champagnes but his wines are always of a single vintage and he puts a code starting with "LC" (Lot Consigne) which is printed on the base of the label to indicate the year of harvest. The star production has been the Les Beguines which is made from a single variety (Pinot Meunier), single vineyard and a single vintage, but recently he debuted a new cuvee - the Extra Brut Grand Cru NV - which may become the new star from the house. The Extra Brut Grand Cru NV is a wine produced from purchased grapes from sources that emphasize cultivated soils, low yields and full ripeness. Despite being the very first release, it has already scored high with wine critics in which William Kelley awarded it with a whopping 95 points and stated that it is "a superb, rather Burgundian-styled wine that will delight wine lovers".
Production volume is generally low at Jerome Prevost and combined with the strong demand from highly sophisticated restaurants/bars in Paris and wine enthusiasts so it is not easy to secure in markets abroad. That being said, we are honored to offer Jérôme Prévost’s Extra Brut Grand Cru NV today (only 3 bottles!), as well as his La Closerie Les Beguines NV LC19 and the Fac-Simile Extra Brut Rose NV LC19. Only very limited quantities are available so let us know quickly if you want to order any of these rare champagnes! -
HK$2,950 per bottle, 3 bottles available
95pts William Kelley
A new bottling from Prévost debuts with the NV Extra Brut Champagne Grand Cru, a wine produced from grapes purchased from sources that emphasize cultivated soils, low yields and full ripeness (with the date of harvest being determined in consultation with Prévost). Bursting from the glass with aromas of pear, fresh bread, wheat toast, smoke and orange oil, it's full-bodied, ample and saline, with bright acids and a long, mineral finish. It's a superb, rather Burgundian-styled wine that will delight wine lovers who have previously only experienced Prévost's talents as applied to Pinot Meunier.
Jerome Prevost La Closerie Les Beguines NV (LC19)
HK$1,350 per bottle, 12 bottles available
97pts William Kelley
The NV Extra Brut Les Béguines LC 19 showed brilliantly once again, bursting with aromas of orange rind, orchard fruit, red berries and peach, mingled with notions of walnuts and marzipan, as well as telltale hints of warm spices and fenugreek. Full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's deep and complete, with huge reserves of fruit and structure, enlivened by a pillowy mousse. Concluding with a long, sapid finish, I continue to think this is one of Prévost's finest releases of the decade. In style, it's reminiscent of a somewhat riper version of the 2012.
Jerome Prevost La Closerie Fac-Simile Extra Brut Rose NV (LC19)
HK$2,750 per bottle, 6 bottles available
97+pts William Kelley
The NV Extra Brut Rosé Fac-similie (LC19) has tightened up a little in the last six months—no surprise, given this vintage's prodigious concentration. Unwinding in the glass with notes of red berries, rose petals, musky peach and orange oil, it's full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with a deep core of fruit, tangy acids and a rich but tightly wound profile. This is a fabulous rendition of Fac-similie that is built for the long haul.