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  • 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.