La Closerie Les Béguines Extra Brut 2018
La Closerie (Jérôme Prévost)
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Appellation Champagne (Montagne de Reims)
Wine Type Sparkling
Varietals 94% pinot meunier- massal selection 3309 and 5BB teleki rootstock planted in 1964. 2% pinot gris massal selection- riparia and 41B rootstock planted in 2000. 2% chardonnay – massal selection- riparia and 41B planted in 2000 and 2% pinot noir – massal selection - riparia and 41B planted in 2000.
Farming Organic practicing. See detailed explanation below in Viticulture
Vineyard Lieu-dit Les Béguines. Les Béguines means : vine shoots swath. A bundle is composed of several béguines. 2 hectares of 40-year old pinot meunier located in the village of Gueux (west of Reims). The vineyards lies at an altitude of 120 meters. Exposure varies north to south. Prévost replanted a 0.20 hectare parcel in the middle of Les Béguines. The parcel is co-planted with meunier, chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot gris.
Soil “paleocene 59 -55 million years – limestone sand of the Thanétien” A mix of sand, limestone, and chalk with marine fossils leftover from when this area was once the seabed.
Viticulture Vineyards are farmed using organic methods. Prévost calls his farming method “Undocumented viticulture: manual work has been produced after observation adapted to the natural habitat without dogmatism.” Chemical pesticides or herbicides are never used. Vines are planted at a density of 8,333 to 10,000 plants per hectare. Yields are extremely low.
Vinification The wine is fermented and aged in a combination of 225, 228, 400, 500, and 600-liter barrels for ten months. Malolactic fermentation can occur but is never forced. Only indigenous yeasts are used. Bottling occurs slowly by use of gravity in July with a small amount of sulfur and without fining, filtering or cold-stabilization. All bottles are disgorged at one time in October of the following year. The wines are exclusively extra brut since 1998. Dosage is 2.5 grams per bottle.
Production Extremely limited.
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