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Champagne AC 2012 Brut, Les Ursules
  • 325. Champagne AC 2012 Brut, Les Ursules

    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 2020+.

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Winemaker
Cédric Bouchard
Location
Celles sur Ource, lieu dit les Ursules, Aube
Size of domaine
2.50 hectares of which les Ursules 0.90h
Grape
100% Pinot Noir. S04 clone on 41B rootstock. 34 years old. 8000 vines per hectare.
Terroir
Gentle 5% slope, 150 mtrs above sea-level. Limestone-clay soil with lots of small broken up stones.
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. 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 ferementation for a gentler, finer mousse. Disgorged by hand with no dosage after 36 months. 3600bts produced on average.
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