Cédric Bouchard began making wines in 2000 with only 1.37 hectares of vines in the village of Celles-sur-Ource in the Côte des Bar region of Champagne. He began with the small vineyard Les Ursules which was passed on to him by his father, a vigneron with very different philosophies of winemaking than his son. Cédric released his first wine in 2002 labeled ‘Roses de Jeanne’ in honor of his Polish grandmother.
Cédric produces minuscule quantities of exceptional wine embracing a revolutionary philosophy of bottling single vineyard, single variety (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc), and single vintage cuveés. See also our grower Champagne Ruppert-Leroy. Rather than blending different parcels and vintages to make a single cuvée, Cédric creates individual wines of great character each year with a strict avoidance of blending of any kind. He uses no oak believing it would add something unnatural to the wine. He refuses to chaptalize, he doesn’t fine or filter, there is no cold-stabilization and Cédric does not add any dosage. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally and the wines are racked only once just before bottling. Each wine is made from the first pressing, fermented only with indigenous yeast and handled meticulously. Cédric believes in a long, slow and cool second fermentation which creates smaller, finer bubbles, and helps to enhance the vinosity of the underlying wine.
Cédric Bouchard is releasing what many believe to be the most sought after grower Champagne in the world. Antonio Galloni wrote in the Wine Advocate, “Cédric Bouchard is one of the most promising emerging young growers in Champagne. Bouchard’s Champagnes are exciting, viscerally thrilling wines that will challenge readers’ perceptions about what Champagne is and can be…Readers who haven’t yet experienced these magnificent Champagnes owe it to themselves to do so, as these are some of the purest and most profound wines being made anywhere in the world.”