Champagne Forget Brimont is a small, independent Champagne house located in the commune of Ludes (population less than 700) in the Champagne wine-growing region. Ludes is located approximately 10 kilometres to the South East of Reims in the Parc Natural Régional de la Montagne de Reims. Tere are 6 or 7 other Champagne Houses situated here, the most famous being Champagne Carnard Duchene.
Champagne Forget Brimont is owned by 6th generation Champenoise Michel Forget (there is an alternative Champagne Michel Forget label) and was established by his antecedant Louis Forget at the start of the nineteenth centruy. Another relative, Eugène, was the first to establish the Forget Brimont brand in the 1920s.
Champagne Forget Brimont Vineyards
Champagne Forget Brimont owns 15 hectares of vineyard in the Montagne de Reims wine growing area that are all either Premier Cru or Grand Cru rated vineyards on the Échelle des Crus (literally “ladder of growth”), the system that determines grape prices. Their Grand Cru vineyards are located in the communes of Verzenay and Mailly-Champagne whilst the Premier Cru vineyards are located at Ludes, Chigny-les-Rose and Villers-Allerande. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape variety.
Until fairly recently Forget Brimont was an Récoltant manipulant (RM) or Grower’s Champagne which meant that they only produced Champagne from grapes they had grown themselves. However, having become more succesful, and with recent expansion, they have to buy grapes in from other growers (like the majority of the larger brands) and are classified as a Négociant manipulant (NM). The bulk of their production does still come from their own vineyards and they currently produce 280,000 bottles per year with over 50% destined for the export market.
In the Cellar
Photos courtesy Champagne Forget Brimont
As with all Champagne houses the Forget Brimont Non-Vintage Champagne is their “bread and butter” wine and at Forget Brimont it is always a blend of three different vintage wines. One of the best assets Brimont has is their cellars which are dug out to a depth of 15 metres into the chalky, Champenois soil. This ensures that the cellars remain at an ideal, constant temperature of 10.5C all year round, which is perfect for ageing their wines. The Non-Vintage Champagnes are aged for a minimum of two years prior to release whilst the Vintage Champagnes are aged for between three and ten years before release.
Champagne Forget Brimont Wines available at Fareham Wine Cellar
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At Fareham Wine Cellar, we have been importing Champagne Forget Brimont into the UK for nearly 20 years and we believe the wines really are of the highest quality.
Champagne Forget Brimont 1er Cru Brut – available in bottles, half bottles and magnums. The main expression of the house style. A blend of the three Champagne grape varieties – 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. Fresh and clean with aromas of green apples and blossom, slightly nutty. Rich and refined finish. Great wine for the price. Silver Medal Winner at the London International Wine Challenge.
Champagne Forget Brimont 1er Cru Extra Brut – the driest style in the Brimont range. Crisp, dry with good minerality and acidity. Aromas of lemon, brioche and blossom with more floral and pear notes on the palate. 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. Allegedly Mr Brimont’s favourite cuvée. 5 star rating from Decanter Magazine.
Champagne Forget Brimont 1er Cru Rosé – available in bottles and half bottles. Loads of strawberry and raspberry aromas, clean and fresh and apply on the palate. 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. Silver Medal Winner at the London International Wine Challenge.
Champagne Forget Brimont Grand Cru Brut Rosé – Richer, mellower and rounder than the 1er Cru Rose due to a higher proportion of Pinot Noir in the blend – 76 % Pinot Noir and 24 % Chardonnay. Lots of red fruits on the nose (blackcurrant and redcurrant) with a fresh and elegant finish.
Champagne Forget Brimont 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs – “Round and very effervescent, offering lemon and honey flavours, with a hint of licorice. On the sweeter and richer side. Drink now.” 88 points, Wine Spectator. 100% Chardonnay. Aromas of brioch and peach with a fresh and creamy palate.
Champagne Forget-Brimont Cuvée Prestige Millesime Vintage Brut – Complex nose, dominance of fruit compote and mushrooms. Elegant and racy. Brioche, roasted bread, dried fruits and nougatine. Perfect balance, finesse and length. 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay.
Champagne Forget-Brimont Grand Reserve Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru – Nose of freshly picked white flowers (acacia and honeysuckle blossom), fresh citrus fruits (grapefruit). Lively and balanced. Honeyed flavour and aromas of hot brioche on the palate. 100% Chardonnay.