Grape 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 60 months on lees
Serving Temperature: 9 degree
Overall Impression: Pale green colour with a golden hue. Fine, creamy bubbles. A delicate and enticing nose, hints of citrus fruit followed by meringue and fresh butter, hallmarks of its specific terroir. Rich, mineral and silky on the palate. The finish is fresh, underscored by salty, iodine tones and herb tea.
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay.
Viticulture: All vines undergoing conversion to organic agriculture. Principles of biodynamic viticulture practised since2009 (no certification sought as yet).Native flora, and soils worked mechanically. Natural vine growing methods, completedby Jean-Marc Charpentier’s expertise and philosophy of terroir. His agronomic training, combined with keen sensitivity and a certain intuition allow him to work in total harmony with his vineyards.
Before Harvest: Maturity is monitored using laboratory analysis but also by tasting individual grapes for organoleptic analysis, to determine the very best date for picking.
Harvest: Grapes hand picked and carefully selected on each plot. After a year of careful work in the vineyard, precision in the choice of harvest date for the individual plots ensures the best possible juice quality and tasting profile.
Fermentation: Stainless steel, temperature controlled tanks. Long alcoholic fermentation at ultra low temperature, with yeasts indigenous to Champagne selected to control end of fermentation. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation for biological stability and a reduction of sulphites (SO²).
Assemblage and Reserve Wines: Blending of plot selections from the first press juice with reserve wines aged in old oak barrels from Champagne and Burgundy.
Ageing: 60 months maturation on the yeasts.
Disgorging: 6 to 10 months prior to shipping.
Dosage: 6.5 g/l.