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Champagne AC NV Non Dosé, Le Mont Benoit
  • 281. Champagne AC NV Non Dosé, Le Mont Benoit

    Emmanuel Brochet

    50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

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    This comes from 38 year old vines on a south-east facing hillside in Villers-aux-Noeuds. It is made from a base of 80% 2013. Aged in new to 12 year old barrels for 11 months, it was then given two and a half years sur lattes before disgorging with a dosage of 4g/l. The malolactic fermentations have been completed. It feels vivid and vibrant in its energy, and is intensely expressive of its terroir, not only in its briny, oyster-shell minerality but also in its rich body. Limited quantity. For drinking now to 2021.

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Winemaker
Emmanuel Brochet
Location
From only one plot of land called “Le Mont Benoit” in Villers-Aux-Noeuds in the Marne department
Size of domaine
1.2 hectares
Grape
50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay. 50% massal selection and 50% clonal selection on 41B rootstock. 37 years old vines. 7500 vines per hectare on average
Terroir
Silty limestone and clay; South east aspect on 4% slope; 120 mtrs above sea-level. Soil depth approx. 50 cm
Viticulture
Debudding. Don’t carry out vendanges en vert. Plough 3 to 5 times a year. No chemical herbicides or pesticides, only biodynamic compost (manure) used during Autumn. Harvested by hand. 54 hectos per hectare yield
Vinification
Pressed by traditional press. Leaves the juice to settle for 15 to 20 hours. Vinified in barrels (at 16°C) using selected yeasts. The wine is left on its fine lees over the winter where it naturally carries out its malolactic fermentation. Aged for 11 months in 228L second hand barrels and in 5% brand new barrels. Uses 15% of reserve wine from the previous vintage. Two years and a half “sur lattes”. Three disgorgements per year with zero dosage. 6000 bottles produced on average
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