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Champagne Grand Cru AC 2011 Extra-Brut
  • 319. Champagne Grand Cru AC 2011 Extra-Brut

    Benoît Lahaye

    70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

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    The 45 year old vines are 100% from the grand cru of Bouzy and lieu-dit of Mont de Tauxières. Fermented in five year old 225 litre barrels, malolactics were blocked and the champagne was bottled off under cork without filtration in July 2012. It was disgorged in June 2016 with a 4g/l dosage. It shows a tense, vinous depth of red fruits, and the texture is silky and refined, with an excellent, fine beaded mousse and attractive bitters on the finish. For drinking now to 2020.

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Benoît Lahaye
Only from the village of Bouzy
Size of domaine
1.2 hectares
70% Pinot noir and 30% Chardonnay. 41B rootstock. 35 years old vines. 8400 vines per hectare on average
Limestone brown soil not very deep
Debudding. Don’t carry out vendanges en vert. Plough in Spring. Copper against mildew (the doses are controlled by Ecocert©). No treatment against oidium. No chemical herbicides or pesticides, only organic fertilizers in January and homemade compost used during Autumn. Harvested by hand. Uses sorting table. 11000 kg per hectare yield
Usually produce 11% natural alcohol; never chaptalises. Pressed by automatic press. Leaves the juice to settle for 18 hours. Vinified in barrels (at 18°C) using selected yeasts. The wine doesn’t carry out its malolactic fermentation. Aged for 10 months in 228L five year old barrels. 23g/l of sugar are used for the secondary fermentation. Five years “sur lattes”. Dosage at 6 g/l with organic cane sugar. The bottles have an extra 6 months of cellaring before release. 4000 bottles produced.
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