Our “Champagne of the Month” for October is the Côte de Val Vilaine from Domaine Cédric Bouchard (labelled as Champagne Roses de Jeanne), based in the village of Celles-sur-Ource in the Aube region.
Cédric Bouchard is a talented young vigneron who has (unofficially) practiced biodynamic viticulture since taking control of his seven tiny parcels (lieux-dits) of vines in 2000. These parcels are sized between 0.11 to 1.4 hectares.
Côte de Val Vilaine is a Blanc de Noirs consisting of 100% Pinot Noir from the lieu-dit baring its name which was planted in 1974 on south facing slopes. These vines are farmed in such a way that they are restricted to an incredibly low yield. The wine is only ever from a single year in order to fully show the intricacies of that particular harvest, this wine being from 2013 and disgorged in April 2015 without dosage. Only indigenous yeasts are used and a long, slow maturation takes place in cool cellars.
As a result of such meticulous crafting, this wine is intricately balanced with interesting minerality, rich and ripe hedgerow fruits with a hint of spice and fresh flowers, a stunning cuvée indeed.
Price circa = €38.00
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