Pehu-Simonet Brut Cuvee Junior 2002
David Pehu is the fourth generation of his family to produce estate-bottled Champagnes, and in his house you can see old Veuve Pehu labels from the early 20th century. His grandfather sold champagne under the Antonin Pehu label, and in the early 1970s his parents created Pehu-Simonet, with the introduction of vines from his mother's side of the family. Pehu has been involved in the winemaking here since 1988, apart from a year in the army in 1989 and 1990, and he has been solely responsible for the cellar since 1995. Of Pehu-Simonet's 19+ acres of vines, 14 are in grand cru villages, and these are the ones used for making estate-bottled champagnes. In addition to 8.5 acres of vines in Verzenay, Pehu has holdings in Verzy, Sillery, Mailly and Bouzy in the Montagne de Reims, as well as 1 acre of Chardonnay in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the Côte des Blancs. The rest of the estate's harvest is sold to the négoce, including the fruit from a parcel of old vines in Villers-Marmery that Pehu says produces exceptional wine.