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

    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.

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Winemaker
Emmanuel and Bénédicte
Location
Essoyes (Aube), in the Côte des Bar. Parcel called “Martin Fontaine”
Size of domaine
4 hectares in total of which this cuvée is 0.55ha
Grape
20 year old vines
Terroir
Clay and limestone with majority of white limestone. Parcel located at the top of the slopes. South – South/East facing vineyard with very deep soil.
Viticulture
Certified organic (AB®) since 2013 and certified biodynamic (Demeter®) since 2014. Debudding sometimes carried out but no vendanges en vert. Leaves grass to grow every other row; uses small tractor to plough to avoid compaction of the soil. Light scrapping of the surface to aerate the soil and manage the grass. No herbicides or pesticides. Biodynamic preparations against oidium and mildew. Biodynamic compost used. Because they are in the south of Champagne, harvest earlier than in the north and by hand. Sorting out the grapes in the vineyard. 50 hectos per hectare.
Vinification
Pressed by old vertical 400kg Coquard press. Every task in the cellar is done by gravity. Natural indigenous yeasts only used. Vinification with no sulphur since 2013. First fermentation averages 11% with no chaptalisation and last for 2 to 3 weeks. 100% of the wine comes from one vintage; no reserve wine used. The wine is aged for 9 months in 5 to 7 year old 228L barrels and 600L demi-muids. Malolactics completed 100%. Neither fined nor filtered. Bottled off with just 20 to 22 g/l of sugar (the norm is 24 g/l) to give a finer, more gentle mousse. Aged under cap for 22 months sur latte. No sulphur at degorgement. Disgorged with no dosage. Keeps the wine for minimum of 3 months in his underground cave before release. 3500 bottles produced.
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