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  • 317. 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% 2014, 38% 2013 (part oak aged for a year) and 35% 2012, 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 Nov 2016. Low levels of sulphur used only at the press. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 318. 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% 2013, of which 14% is oak aged, 14% 2012 and 10% 2011, 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 2020. 

  • 319. Champagne AC 2007 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 2020.

  • 320. Champagne AC Extra-Brut (2013), 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 2013 vintage, oak aged and disgorged without dosage in Dec 2015, 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 2019.

  • 321. Champagne AC Extra-Brut (2013), Fidèle

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    Vouette et Sorbée, Bertrand Gautherot

    100% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    The vines for this brilliant 2013 champagne 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 2019.

  • 322. Champagne AC Extra Brut (2013) Textures

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    Vouette et Sorbée, Bertrand Gautherot

    100% Pinot Blanc (12% alc.)

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    A new cuvée from Bertrand, this is a real rarity in Champagne being a 100% Pinot Blanc (we also stock a few cases of Cédric Bouchard’s la Bolorée) from the 2013 vintage. It comes from the south facing vineyard of Fonnet in Buxieres where the vines are 20yo. Aged in large Georgian amphora and older barrels, it is a most attractive champagne with a good weight of fruit balanced by a salty mineral quality with a distinct herbal note. Zero dosage. As Bertrand warns on the label, ‘peut entrainer une euphore passagère’! For drinking now to 2019.

  • 323. Champagne Rosé AC Extra-Brut (2013), Saignée de Sorbée (out of stock)

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    Vouette et Sorbée, Bertrand Gautherot

    100% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    This champagne comes entirely from the 2013 vintage – uncrushed whole grapes were macerated for six days in an open wooden cuve before pressing. Aged for ten months in new to eight year old 400 litre barrels it was disgorged without dosage in December 2015. Crushed red fruits, tense and pure, nicely cut through by a refreshing chalky flavour mark this exceptional rosé. Very limited quantity. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 324. 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 2014 vintage, was cuve aged, and disgorged without dosage in April 2016. 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 2020.

  • 325. Champagne AC 2011 Brut, Les Ursules

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    Roses de Jeanne, Cédric Bouchard

    100% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

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    A touch deeper colour than the Inflorescence, with a beautiful pinot nose. Les Ursules (single grape, single terroir, 1974 vines facing north, single vintage), spends 36 months on its lees before disgorging with no dosage. It has striking clarity, very delicate composed fruit, fine mousse and an extremely long finish. It's the most feminine, harmonious wine of the range according to Cédric and year after year a champagne of the highest class. Only 3600 bts produced. For drinking now to 2019+.

  • 326. Champagne AC 2009 Brut, Côte de Béchalin

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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 2016. 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 2020. 

  • 327. Champagne AC 2011 Brut, La Haute Lemblé

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    Roses de Jeanne, Cédric Bouchard

    100% Chardonnay BdeB (12.5% alc.)

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    Cédric has got just 0.11h of chardonnay from five different massale selections planted in 2002 on a gentle southfacing hillside. A very harmonious wine, close to the grape again, nuanced and with delicately poised minerality, which in turn further enlivens the fruit, giving it a coiled, tense presence. Zero dosage. Best carafed. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 328. Champagne AC 2011 Brut Presle

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    Roses de Jeanne, Cédric Bouchard

    100% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

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    Cédric’s ceaseless search for ever finer quality here led him to plant just 15 rows of vines on a west facing hillside with ten different massale selections (he planted 3000 vines at high density and one third died, leaving only the strongest to produce). At the harvest some bunches are completely ripe and some not, and so choosing the right moment to pick is complicated. The champagne has an intensely mineral character, is very harmonious with excellent depth and texture, followed by a long finish and lighter bitters than the Béchalin. Very limited quantity. For drinking now to 2020

  • 329. Champagne AC Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature (2013) 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.

  • 330. Champagne AC Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature (2013) 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 2019.