Champagne Cuvée Initiation 2018
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Appellation Vallée de la Marne (Fossoy)
Wine Type Sparkling
Varietals 77% Pinot Meunier, 23% Pinot Noir
Vineyard The Pinot Noir is sourced from a small parcel at the bottom of the "La Rue des Noyers" in Fossoy planted by Benoît in 2010 using massale selection of Burgundy Pommard clones. The Pinot Meunier is sourced from vines of the same parcel used for cuvée "La Rue des Noyers". The vines are farmed biodynamically by Benoît; worked by hand and horse, treated with compost tea, and sprayed with copper. The vines are south facing.
Soil Pinot Noir parcel lies at the bottom of the hill where the soil has a sandy component. Both parcels are dominated by green clay over limestone.
Viticulture The vines are farmed biodynamically by Benoît; worked by hand and horse, treated with compost tea, and sprayed with copper. Simple Guyot pruning is employed. Vines are planted at 8,000 plants/ hectare. Yields are approximately 60 hl/ ha.
Vinification Vinified and aged in 228L barrels with natural yeast at 12 degrees celsius (thus avoiding the occurrence of malolactic fermentation) for 10 months on the lees. The oak for the barrels are made from trees owned by Déhu in Meilleray and fabricated by a barrel maker in champagne. Each year approximately 10% new oak is used. Unfined and unfiltered.
Aging The wine rests sur lattes for approximately 20 months. Disgorged in July without dosage.
Production 2,000 bottles.
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