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  • 329. Champagne AC NV Extra-Brut, Les Vignes de Montgueux

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    Jacques Lassaigne

    100% Chardonnay BdeB (12% alc.)

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    Comprising 27% 2015, 38% 2014 (part oak aged for a year) and 35% 2013, more complex and vinous than ever this year, given greater use of reserve wines. Emmanuel is forever restless in his search for improvements. This has ripe citron fruit with exotic notes and is very saline, with great play on the palate and terrific texture. Just 20g/l for the secondary fermentation and has a very fine gentle bubble. Disgorged with zero dosage in Aug 2017. Low levels of sulphur used only at the press. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 330. Champagne AC NV Extra-Brut, Le Cotet

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    Jacques Lassaigne

    100% Chardonnay BdeB (12% alc.)

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    This lieu-dit cuvée comes from 0.6 hectares of 45 year old vines. It’s a blend of 76% 2014, of which 14% is oak aged, 14% 2013 and 10% 2012, 2008, 2006, 2004 and 2002 finished bottles of Le Cotet that Emmanuel has opened up and 'remis en cercle'. It has a very pure, bracing fruit mixed with hints of honeysuckle, straw, hazelnut from the older wines and zero dosage. Very limited quantity. For drinking now to 2021. 

  • 331. Champagne AC 2009 Brut Nature

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    Jacques Lassaigne

    100% Chardonnay BdeB (12% alc.)

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    This is a blend of old vines in Lassaigne’s three top vineyards of Les Paluets (40%), le Cotet (40%) and la Grande Côte (20%). It is always vinified 100% in stainless steel which Emmanuel feels captures the purest expression of the terroirs. Brut Nature, this has excellent balance with peach, stewed lemon and mango fragrantly ample and inviting, with an intense, detailed stony chalkiness (from le Cotet). As this ages it takes on a Meursault character. For drinking now to 2022.

  • 332. Champagne AC (2015) les Semblables

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    Clandestin

    100% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    A new partnership between Benoit Doussot (who worked for Jean-Philippe Fichet in Meursault) and Bertrand Gautherot of V and S fame. They have bought grapes from 15-35yo vines from five vignerons all working according to certified Ecocert organic standards. Their vines are all planted on cooler western slopes in the same strata of kimmeridgian limestone (hence the name les Semblables). They have aged the wine in older barrels and then bottled off in July 2016 before disgorging during the winter with zero dosage (around 13,000 bottles). It offers very pretty wild strawberry fruit on the nose, good balance with plenty of energy, zesty red fruits on the palate with a saline, savoury finish. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 333. Champagne AC (2015) les Grandes Lignes (out of stock)

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    Clandestin

    100% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

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    The grapes for this cuvée come from the lieu-dit of Sorbée in Buxières-sur-Arce, planted on a plateau where the limestone is portlandian. The viticulture here was converted to organic practice in August 2015. Aged in a similar style to les Semblables above, the champagne has good finesse, with tense citrus fruits tethered by notable salinity on the finish. 3,000 bts produced. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 334. Champagne AC Extra-Brut (2015), Blanc d’Argile (out of stock)

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    Vouette et Sorbée, Bertrand Gautherot

    100% Chardonnay BdeB (12% alc.)

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    This comes from a tiny 17hh yield of chardonnay produced from a massale selection of cuttings from Anselme Selosse’s Avize vineyard and a famous Chablis grand cru. Made from the 2015 vintage, oak aged and disgorged without dosage in Dec 2016, it is richer and more complex than many blanc de blancs but at the same time has a tightly wound acidity, like a really good Chablis with bubbles. Very limited quantity. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 335. Champagne AC Extra-Brut (2015), Fidèle

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    Vouette et Sorbée, Bertrand Gautherot

    100% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    The vines for this brilliant 2015 champagne (disgorged in March 2018) are planted in the lieu-dit of Vouette, on a Kimmeridgian limestone slope facing due south. It offers a rich gold colour, typical of low yielding pinot noir and on the palate is vinous with a zesty, mineral vitality. Given a little time in the glass, and served ideally at 12°C, it evolves constantly, revealing layer after layer of flavour. Zero dosage. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 336. Champagne AC NV Brut, Val Vilaine

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    Roses de Jeanne, Cédric Bouchard

    100% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

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    A champagne with excellent weight and balance exuding delicate fragrances of flowers and beguiling red berry fruits with a mineral imprint from the calcareous-clay soil. Made from just 1.45 hectares of 35 year old vines, and yields of just 26hh now, it comes from the 2015 vintage, was cuve aged, and disgorged without dosage in April 2017. A very low 17g/l for the secondary fermentation gives a low pressure and gentle mousse which is perfect for the weight of the champagne. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 337. Champagne AC 2010 Brut, Côte de Béchalin (out of stock)

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    Roses de Jeanne, Cédric Bouchard

    100% Pinot Noir

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    Like the Val Vilaine this wine comes from 35 year old vines on south-west facing slopes with a limestone clay base on the Côte de Béchalin, a lieu-dit in Celles-sur-Ource. Disgorged with zero dosage (like all of Cédric’s champagnes) after six years bottle age in April 2017. There is a great purity to the wine, it’s incredibly fresh, feels very close to the grape, with lovely minty notes, beautifully textured and long with gentle bitters on the finish. Best carafed. For drinking now to 2021. 

  • 338. Champagne AC Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature (2014) Martin Fontaine

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    Ruppert Leroy

    100% Chardonnay BdeB (12% alc.)

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    We managed to prise out miniscule quantities of these two exceptional champagnes from Emmanuel and Bénédicte in Essoyes. Their blanc de blancs comes from quite a high altitude (300m) essentially south facing 0.55h vineyard where limestone is very present with rock outcropping and fossils weathering out on the surface. Bio-d viticulture is practiced here and the 2013 wine was aged in older barrels for eight months, with malos completed, and no sulphur added at any stage, and no dosage either. The pristine citrus fruits on the palate tethered to salty mineral depth clearly reflect their terroir, and the oak is very well integrated. Very limited quantity indeed. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 339. Champagne AC Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature (2014) Les Cognaux

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    Ruppert Leroy

    100% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    Here the vineyard is still high up in the hills and has deeper soil, with grey clay dominant mixed with marl that has lots of tiny stones. The vines are between 15-30yo, bio-d tended, debudded and ploughed to give low yields of ripe grapes. Aged in older futs and demi-muids like the Martin Fontaine, the fruit shows wild strawberry and plums, is silky and yet chiselled with a long mineral driven finish. Very limited quantity indeed. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 340. Champagne AC Brut Nature (2015) Fosse Grely

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    Ruppert Leroy

    50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

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    The lieu-dit of Fosse-Grely was where Benedicte’s father first planted vines back in 1970. Here there is a thin layer of red clay and thick compacted limestone beneath. Aged for nine months in futs and demi-muids, and then for 20 months sur lattes like all of the Ruppert-Leroy champagnes there is a beautiful tension and feeling of controlled energy. Here the fruit is citrus and peach, with notes of fennel and mint, with subtle bitters on a mineral inflected finish. No sulphur. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 341. Champagne AC Brut Nature 11,12,13… (out of stock)

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    Ruppert Leroy

    50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

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    This is a perpetual reserve from 11,12,13 and 14 (first started with the cuvee’s named years) where after initial elevage in oak the reserve wines are kept in cuve and blended little by little, before 18 to 20 months in bottle on the lees. You find ripe grapefruit here, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, typical energy and tension, with good length on the mineral infused finish. No sulphur. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 342. Champagne Rosé AC Brut Nature (2014)

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    Ruppert Leroy

    100% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    Emmanuel and Bénédicte carried out a four day maceration of whole bunches to make this exquisite rosé. Aged in cuve for nine months, it offers aromas and flavours of stewed cherries, blood orange, with cinnamon and pepper hints. No sulphur.  For drinking now to 2020.