Grape: 88% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Meunier (red wine), no Pinot Noir!
Ageing: 48 months on lees
Serving Temperature: 9 degree
Overall Impression: A delicate, bright and shiny pink. Fine, creamy bubbles. Delicate, subtle nose of red fruits, followed by fresh butter. Pure, mineral and discreetly fruity on the palate. Fresh, appetising finish, with good balance.
Varietals: 88% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Meunier (red wine), no Pinot Noir!
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.
Viticulture: All vines undergoing conversion to organic agriculture. Principles of biodynamic viticulture practised since 2009 (no certification sought as yet).Native flora, and soils worked mechanically. Natural vine growing methods, completed by 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.
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: Assemblage using only first press wines and 100% Pinot Meunier from our oldest vines(65 years). Blending with reserve wines aged in old oak barrels, from Champagne and Burgundy, adds to the complexity.
Ageing: 48 months maturation on the yeasts.
Disgorging: 6 to 10 months prior to shipping.
Dosage: 6.5 g/l.