Les Terres Roses Bouzy Grand Cru Rosé Extra Brut XVI NV
Vintage 2016 base (80%), reserve wine (20%)
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Appellation Champagne (Montagne de Reims)
Wine Type Rosé - Sparkling
Varietals 65% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir (7% still wine)
Vineyard Les Terres Roses is of 4 south-facing parcels in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy. Average vine age is 30 years. Les Terres Roses is a rare expression of a single cru village (Bouzy). All replanting is done using sélection massale from two specific parcels depending on the grape variety: Les Maillerettes for pinot noir and Les Mottelettes for chardonnay.
Soil Thick clay over chalk subsoils.
Viticulture Vineyards are farmed using organic methods since 2011. For the 20 years proceeding 2011, sustainable practices were used to gain a balance of soils; no fertilizers for over 15 years, natural grass covering between rows, two years to regain soil before replanting any vines. Yields are controlled.
Vinification Vinified in stainless steel tank. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentations occur starting in September lasting until around May; kept on its lees for the nine months until bottling. Secondary fermentation is slow lasting around two months in the cave at a consistent 10°C (in Champagne it is normal for secondary fermentation to complete in only 2-3 weeks). The combination of a slow secondary fermentation and around 4 years of sur lie aging in the their cave 16 meters below ground. Antoine adds 7 percent still pinot noir wine to for color and complexity.
Aging Aged for 4 years sur lies in bottle before disgorgement. Bottled extra-brut with 1.8 grams per liter of dosage.
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