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Champagne Ludes 1er Cru AC 2009 Extra-Brut Le Cran
  • 296. Champagne Ludes 1er Cru AC 2009 Extra-Brut Le Cran

    Bérèche & Fils

    60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    Raphaël made this champagne from two of the finest mid-slope parcels in Ludes, Cran and St Jean that were planted in 1969, one facing east and the other west. The soil is very chalky in both parcels here, and the grapes ripen fully but retain a naturally high acidity that is perfect for long ageing. Aged in recent 350ltr barrels and then given seven years bottle age under cork, it was disgorged in November 2016 with 3g/l dosage. It offers brioche, ripe citrus and honey notes with a depth and power behind that are quite out of the ordinary. In common with other Bérèche champagnes there is also a most attractive marrowy, protein note, a little touch of gras that acts as a beautiful counterpoint to the salinity and gentle bitters on the finish. For drinking now to 2021.

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Famille Bérèche, Bérèche & Fils
Ludes 1er Cru (Two parcels : Les Vignes Saint Jean and Les Crans d’En Haut)
Size of domaine
Massale selection of old vines planted between 1969 and 1975. 8300 vines per hectare average.
Montagne de Reims, sand, silt, chalk soils (with lots of fossils). Average 15% slopes. 80 metres above sea level. East aspect for Les Vignes de Saint-Jean and West aspect for Les Cran d’En Haut. Average depth of soil 25-30cm above the chalk
Conducted in ‘carefully considered’ viticulture and 1 hectare in bio-dynamism since 2007. 7 full-time employees work in the vineyard/cave. Debud twice so never need to practice vendanges en vert. Plough in the spring and autumn. Control the growth of grass (cut back when too vigorous). No herbicides. Have a large team of 40 harvesters for the manual harvest. Control the quality of harvesters’ work rigorously.
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