The Cult of Prévost: Prévost Beguines Extra Brut NV (2016)

Posted by Joe Salamone

Prévost stands as one of the greatest growers in all of Champagne.

For many, us included, he's right there with Selosse at the top. And when it comes to wines that we want to drink on the regular, we'd have to give Prévost the edge.

Still, there's something incredible to the story of a 21-year-old who inherited his grandmother's 2.2 hectares of Meunier (the ugly stepchild of Champagne grapes) in an obscure corner in the northwest of Montagne de Reims.

For over 10 years he simply sold off the grapes. In 1998, his friend Anselme Selosse convinced him to start making his own wines. Things took off quickly from there. By 2006, the wines captured the world's attention. Finding the wines today in any quantity is an adventure.

Prévost is in Gueux. Here you'll find unique soils. Champagne's famous chalky soils are buried deep under a mix of sand and calcareous clay, laden with sea fossils. Judging from Prévost's wines, something really special happens to Meunier here.

The 2016 Beguines is blazingly clear. The level of precision and refinement is amazing. There's also a wildly complex minerality - you get earthy and saline notes with tensile talc-like grip.

I'm not going to belabor this any further. If you're getting this email, you already know the deal. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits