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Champagne AC NV Brut, Val Vilaine
  • 324. Champagne AC NV Brut, Val Vilaine

    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.

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Winemaker
Cédric Bouchard
Location
Polisy, lieu dit of Val Vilaine, Aube
Size of domaine
2½ hectares of which Val Vilaine comprises 1.45h
Grape
100% Pinot Noir. S04 clone on 41B rootstock. 34 year old vines. 8000 vines per hectare.
Terroir
Limestone clay on 20% hillside, 200 mtrs above sea-level.
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. 50 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 fermentation for a gentler, finer mousse. Disgorged by hand with no dosage after 15 months. 8000bts produced on average.
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