Lieu-dit La Bolorée Blanc de Blancs (Pinot Blanc) 2016
Roses de Jeanne (Cédric Bouchard)
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Appellation Champagne (Aube)
Wine Type Sparkling
Varietals Pinot Blanc
Farming Organic practicing
Vineyard A single 0.2107 hectare south facing parcel of Pinot Blanc within lieu-dit "La Bolorée". The parcel was planted in 1960. Yields are less than 35 hectoliters per hectare. It is extremely rare to find old vine Pinot Blanc in Champagne.
Soil 60cm topsoil of Clay and Sand over a subsoil of Chalk and Limestone.
Viticulture All of Cédric's parcels are farmed organically where he dramatically restricts yields (among the lowest in Champagne) with extra emphasis placed on picking at the optimum moment. Chablis pruning is employed. Vines are planted at a density of 8000 vines per hectare. Bud-break is more similar to Chardonnay than Pinot Noir.
Vinification 1st press juice only, hand harvested and crushed using a 4,000 kg Coquard wooden basket press. Fermentation using indigenous yeast, Cédric explains, "To have the maximum amount of "traceability" in the wine. The yeasts come from the same place as the grapes." Primary fermentation occurs in stainless steel tank and usually lasts around 3 to 4 weeks but is not rushed and can take up to 2-3 months. Primary occurs at a temperature of 12 to 14 degrees Celsius in order for yeasts to multiply slowly. Malolactic fermentations always occurs naturally. Cédric explains, "I will wait as long as necessary for it to take place. It is a natural process and it means I can use less SO2 and no filtration." The wine rests for 6 to 7 months in tank before being bottled for sur lattes aging.
Aging The wine rest sur lattes for at least 36 months. Bottled with no dosage.
Production approximately 600 bottles
Notes Cédric employees 40 workers during harvest! He explained to us that no detail is too small and when it is time to harvest each lieu-dit, it needs to happen as quickly and meticulously as possible.
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