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Svetoslav Manolev M.S. - Coessens

30th of November 2021

Svetoslav Manolev MS... London's Wine Baron

Svetoslav Manolev M.S. started his wine career over a decade ago, running the beverage program of a restaurant on a cruise line. This is really when wine became his passion and when he decided to move to London to study the WSET and Court of Master Sommeliers diplomas. Since then , Svetoslav has built an impressive experience in some of the finest establishments in London (Coya, 67 Pall Mall, Flemings Mayfair hotel).

In 2019, Svetoslav passed the last section of the exam and became a Master Sommelier.

We were fortunate enough to have a tasting done by Svetoslav on a Blanc de Noirs from Champagne Coessens. Here are his tasting notes :

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The Coessens family has managed this exquisite vineyard, planted exclusively with Pinot Noir for five generations. Located in the commune of Ville-sur-Arce in La Côte des Bars, the Largillier vineyard is comprised of four plots, described by Jerome Coessens as - Mineral, Fruity, Flower, and Substance based on the character of the wines each one of these plots produced. The unique expression of these wines comes from the Kimmeridgian Marl soil, which is the predominant soil type in this vineyard alternating layers of chalky marl with limestone and layers of seashells.

The Blanc de Noirs 2017 comes from a single harvest of two plots – ‘Flower’ and ‘Fruit’ aged on the lees for 28 months and bottled in May 2018 with 6g/l of dosage.

The nose is elegant and seductive with notes of fresh lemon cream, red apple, and honeysuckle, followed by notes of fine pastry, lemongrass, and flint.

Palate is precise and full, with rich texture, minerality and persistent - slightly salty finish.

You can enjoy this champagne as an aperitif or with seafood dishes. Two of my favourite parings would be pan seared scallops with lemon and herb butter or in this case I enjoyed this bottle with fresh lobster, tarragon, and caviar dim sum. This structured, fruit driven, and complex Champagne offers ample concentration to carry the rich flavours of the lobster and enough acidity to balance the delicate saltines from the caviar leaving pleasant and lasting aftertaste.

Technical sheet

  • Location : Cote des Bars

  • Lieu dit: Largillier

  • Parcels : "Fruit" & "Flower"

  • Varietal : 100% Pinot noir

  • Age of vines : 37 to 42 years

  • Vintage 2017 

  • Number of bottles produced : 10 000

  • Soils : Kimmeridgian Marl 

  • Winemaking: 

    • Temperature controled stainless steel

    • Ageing on lees

    • 28 months on lees

    • Dosage : 6,0 gr/L

  • Bottled : May 2018 

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