Œnothèque: Our library of previous Champagnes of the Month

September 2016

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Our “Champagne of the Month” for September 2016 comes from the village of Les Riceys in the Côte des Bar.


Olivier Horiot cultivates 6.9 hectares of vines on clay, limestone and Kimmeridgian soil, the vast majority of which is planted with Pinot Noir. He also cultivates a small amount of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc and Arbanne.


Sève Blanc de Noirs 2008 is a vintage wine born from a single plot in Les Riceys: “En Barmont” which consists of 100% Pinot Noir. Vinified in small oak barrels, the wine undergoes a slow fermentation process. All Viticulture and Oenology is conducted with a great respect for the environment.


The grapes were harvested on 21st September 2008, the wine being bottled on 8th August 2009 and disgorgement took place without the addition of dosage on 15th May 2013. A total of 3,823 bottles were produced.


Appearance: Pale and lemon in colour.


Nose: Medium intensity with autolytic aromas of sablé biscuits and fresh bread. The oak gives hints of vanilla and toast. Red apple, red berries including raspberry, white pepper are evident with a mineral/salinity before finishing with delicate coffee notes.


Palate: Medium bodied with flavours of red apple, red berries including raspberry, honey, caramel, butter – buerre noire, vanilla, almond, hazelnut, orange blossom, blood orange and fresh lime before ending with rich pastry – tarte tartin and a long persistent finish; outstanding.


This is a beautifully balanced champagne with wonderful intensity and complexity; a very fine expression of Les Riceys from a superb vigneron.


Price circa €42.00