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Champagne AC 2012 Brut, La Haute Lemblé
  • 327. Champagne AC 2012 Brut, La Haute Lemblé

    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 2021

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Winemaker
Cédric Bouchard
Location
Lieu-dit "La Haute Lemblé" from the Celles-sur-Ource vineyard of Côte de Bechalin, Aube
Size of domaine
2½ hectares of which La Haute Lemblé comprises 0.12h
Grape
100% Chardonnay (5 different clones). S04 clone on 41B rootstock. 8000 vines per hectare. Single Guyot pruning
Terroir
Bands of Kimmeridgian soil common to Chablis. The Cote des Bars is closer to Chablis than to Reims. South-West facing.
Viticulture
Debud. Don’t carry out vendanges en vert. Plough from spring until the vine flowers in June. Leave grass to grow naturally throughout the vineyard. No chemical herbicides or pesticides. Harvested by hand. 26 hectos per hectare yield.
Vinification
Pressed by traditional 4000 kgs Coquard press. Leaves juice to settle for 24 hours. Vinified in stainless steel (at 18-20°C) using natural, indigenous yeasts. Wines are made using only first-run juice. The wine is left on its fine lees over the winter where it naturally carries out its malolactic fermentation. After 6 months in cuve it is racked and bottled off. Use only the wine of 1 vintage (no reserve wine). Bewteen 20-22 g/l of sugar is used for the secondary fermentation for a gentler, finer mousse. Disgorged by hand with no dosage after 46 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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