Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

We had an amazing week of vineyard tours, educational seminars, and Champagne tastings with Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme! We had the pleasure of hosting our producer, Laureen, her mother, Marie-France, and our business partner, Cristina.

We started the week with dinner at the Maletis home to celebrate our French guests’ arrival!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

Marie France, Laureen, Cristina, Abby, and Bryan, hosted a Champagne Seminar at Fat Cork. Laureen led a wonderful educational course on her family’s history and production methods, and even brought pink aprons from her Champagne house for our team to wear!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

We hosted a Champagne reception with Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Tavolàta for our Seattle customers. The team at Tavolàta prepared amazing French fare that paired with each cuvée in the Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme collection.

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

Cheryl at Pix Pâtisserie hosted us for a lovely afternoon Champagne tasting in Portland!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

While in Oregon, we toured the amazing Eyrie Vineyards with Jason Lett. After our tour, we enjoyed a lovely lunch; Jason Lett made us duck and fresh morels, and even spoke perfect French the entire visit!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

We also enjoyed a tour of ROCO Winery with the wonderful Rollin Soles!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

While in Oregon, we had dinner at The Dundee Bistro with Rollin & Corby Soles of ROCO Winery, our French producers, and Dick, Nancy, and Luisa Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

We ended the week at the Sparkling Wine Symposium at Ponzi Vineyards. Bryan and Laureen were honored to be featured on the panel among sparkling wine experts to teach other industry members about bubbly.

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme is Visiting the PNW!

 

We are thrilled and honored to announce that our producer, Laureen Baillette and Madam Baillette of Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme will be visiting the Northwest in April! They are traveling all the way from Trois-Puits, France to join Bryan on a Northwest adventure of vineyard tours, seminars, tastings, and of course, a visit to Fat Cork.

We are very excited to show the Baillettes our warehouse (where we have proudly imported their Champagne from day 1!) and all that the Northwest wine industry has to offer.

Save the date for one (or all!) of our events with Laureen Baillette.

MEET LAUREEN BAILLETTE! 

Monday, April 11th, 12-1pm
Champagne Seminar with Laureen Baillette | Fat Cork | Seattle, WA
Public Event | $20/Club, $30/PublicTickets here! 
Join us over your lunch hour to learn the history of Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme from the vigneronne herself! Laureen will explain her unique approach to Champagne production, tell the incredible history of their family, and describe each of her fine cuvées in great detail. Tasting Champagne on a Monday afternoon is a beautiful way to start the week and live life! Small bites will be provided. We’re limiting this intimate seminar to 30 seats, so purchase your ticket soon!

Monday, April 11th, 6pm
Champagne Dinner with Laureen Baillette | Location to be Announced | Seattle, WA
Public Event | RSVP to Erica@FatCork.com
We are honored to work with local chef extraordinaire, Ethan Stowell, to create an evening of incredible food, delicious Champagne and great conversation with our French guests! The menu, location, and price are still in the works, but please RSVP to Erica@FatCork.com as soon as possible if you’re interested as this dinner will certainly sell out quickly. 

Wednesday, April 13th, 4:30-6pm
Tasting with Laureen Baillette | ROCO Winery | Newberg, OR
FC Club Members and their Guests Only | RSVP to Erica@FatCork.com
Mr. Rollin Soles is an icon for high-quality, Méthod Champenoise sparkling wine made in America. He and his wife, Corby, have been supporters of Fat Cork since the beginning and they were the first people we contacted when Laureen said she was coming to town. Getting Laureen and Rollin together to talk and taste Champagne will be a great time and quite educational! Space is limited, RSVP to Erica@FatCork.com.

Thursday, April 14th, 8:30am-5:30pm
2016 Sparkling Wine Symposium | Ponzi Vineyards | Sherwood, OR
Wine Industry Members | Tickets here!
Attention wine makers all around the U.S.A., we are honored to have so many of you as Fat Cork customers! If you’re already making sparkling wine or are interested in doing so, this event is for you. Laureen Baillette will be featured on a panel alongside sparkling wine experts from Oregon and California to lead an all day workshop about everything sparkling. This is an opportunity to ask the experts all of your geeky questions, taste base wines, and learn the details that go into making great sparkling wine. Click here for tickets.

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme!

Laureen Baillette is a true star hailing from the Montagne de Reims region. At only 29 years old, Laureen is the vigneronne of Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme. With her mother’s guidance and sister’s help, Jean Baillette-Prudhomme is one of the few vineyards in Champagne managed by three women!

The secret of this Champagne is old vineyards and at least 50% reserve wine used in every cuvée. Laureen follow the traditions of her father, producing all of her Champagne on an old press (that she painted pink!).

Watch the video above for a quick look at Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s traditional wood press and extraordinary caves!(from Fat Cork on Vimeo.).

 

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

And the Oscar goes to…


And the Oscar goes to…

Bonjour Champagne lovers! 

We believe all of the Champagne we import deserves a spot on the red carpet! But, in the spirit of the Academy Awards, we wanted to recognize a few that are especially impressive. 

If these bottles could talk, they would thank you for all of your support in their bubbly careers.

Cheers!
Team Fat Cork

And the Oscar goes to…


And the Oscar goes to…

Best Picture of the Year

Gimonnet-Oger Blanc de Blancs Millésime 1996 / $159

Produced from the chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs region, this cuvée has been aging in Jean-Luc’s cellars for 18+ years! This Champagne is sure to become the Clint Eastwood of your collection, guaranteed to “make your day”. It’s magnificent right now, but will also age under cork for years to come.


And the Oscar goes to…

And the Oscar goes to…
Red Carpet Stunner

Grongnet Carpe Diem Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée Magnum / $188

This voluptuous bottle is sure to delight both your eyes and your mouth! The body of the wine, soft and smooth like silk, liberates itself progressively as the wine warms in the mouth. Ooh la la! It’s bold, it’s pink, and it sachets across your palate. 

And the Oscar goes to…

And the Oscar goes to…
Best Leading Actress

Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Memoris / $69

Laureen Baillette is a true star hailing from the Montagne de Reims region. At only 29 years old, Laureen runs her family’s operation with her mother and sister, producing her cuvées on a pink wooden press. This particular cuvée is Pinot Noir based and aged for 7+ years in the bottle. It’s rich and bold with great acidity. 

And the Oscar goes to…

And the Oscar goes to…
Best Costume Design

Hervy-Quenardel Blanc de Blancs 2000/ $96

You can’t always judge a bottle by its label, but in the case of this cuvée, the beautiful painted bottle is equally as wonderful as the bubbles inside. There are less than 100 bottles left in the world; we were lucky enough to import 12 last year. 

And the Oscar goes to…