Bottle Sizes 750ml, 1.5L
Appellation Champagne (Vallée de la Marne)
Wine Type Sparkling
Varietals 100% Pinot Meunier
Farming Organic practicing.
Vineyard From 6 small parcels of vines in Châtillon and Vandières making up only 2.66 hectares.
Soil Sandy clay topsoil over chalk.
Viticulture The parcels are worked without the use of any herbicides or insecticides. The ground is worked to support the growth of the vine and the ripeness of the grapes. From pruning to harvesting all vineyard work is done by hand and each parcel is harvested separately. Harvesting occurs when the grapes are at optimal ripeness.
Vinification After harvesting each parcel, the grapes are pressed slowly and gently and all juice is moved by gravity into steel tank. Once each parcel is pressed, half of the juice is transferred from tank into a combination of 228, 350, and 330L barrels for a long, cold and slow native yeast fermentation. Fabien has acquired an old underground cave which is very cold (and filled with bats). The cold cave allows for a long fermentation process lasting over a month. Malolactic fermentation is not forced and with the cave’s low temperatures, rarely completes. During the warmer months of the year when fruit flies are an issue for many vignerons, Fabien tell us that the bats take care of them for him. No filtration occurs and dosage levels are determined by blind taste testing before final disgorgement.
Aging Aged for over 2 years sur lattes. 1.7 g/l dosage. Unfiltered.
Notes Magnums are aged an additional year sur lattes before disgorgement and release.
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