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Champagne Grand Cru AC NV Brut Nature
  • 301. Champagne Grand Cru AC NV Brut Nature

    Benoît Lahaye

    90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

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    This comes from grand cru rated 30 year old vines in Bouzy and Ambonnay and replaces the Brut Essentiel which Benoit no longer makes. Made 55% from 2013 and reserve wines from 2012 and earlier it was initially aged in two to five year-old barrels. It was then given two and a half years on the lees before it was disgorged in Dec 2016. Very expressive red fruits on the nose, and on the palate a superb depth of rich, quite complex, spicy red fruits, at the same time fresh and balanced with attractive bitters on the finish. For drinking now to 2020.

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Winemaker
Benoît Lahaye
Location
Bouzy (also vines in Ambonnay)
Size of domaine
4½ hectares producing 30,000 bts a year.
Grape
90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay (12% alc.) 30 year old vines from both Bouzy (70%) and Ambonnay (30%) all grand cru rated 9000 vines per hectare. 70% massale selection, 30% clonale (766, 292, 386, 521…) largely on 41B rootstock.
Terroir
2 mtrs of limestone-clay soil overlie chalk. Gentle, south-facing hillside.
Viticulture
Organically certified (Ecocert 2007) and bio-dynamic viticulture practiced since 2005. The soil is ploughed and grass left to grow in alternate rows – swaps round every other year. NB only 2 out of 60 growers plough in Bouzy. Yield of 50 hectos per hectare.
Vinification
Natural yeasts. Initial fermentation produced average of 10.8% alcohol over last 4 years. 80% cuve aged and 20% in 3 to 10 year old barrels. 20% of malos completed 80% blocked. Bottled in May with 45% reserve wine from 2 vintages preceding the main vintage. Reserve wine kept in 3-10 year old 225ltr barrels for 5 months and cuve for the rest of the time. The champagnes have never been fined and since 2006 no filtration either. Spends minimum of 2 years sur latte under capsule before disgorging with a 5.5g/l dosage (mix of reserve wine and cane sugar).
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