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Our “Champagne of the Month” for November 2019 is produced by Sébastien Mouzon of Champagne Mouzon Leroux, based in the village of Verzy on the Grande Montagne de Reims. Sébastien controls 7.5 hectares of vines, consisting of approximately 50 plots; mainly located within the village limits. Practising sustainable viticulture since 1997, the domaine converted to biodynamics in 2008 before gaining certification in 2011.
The cuvée “Lineffable” is a vintage wine coming from the 2012 harvest and consisting of 100% Pinot Noir from the clay/limestone soil of Verzy. Vinification takes place in a mixture of wood and stainless steel with used fûts accounting for 55% of the blend. Only indigenous yeasts are used and the wine is allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation in order to limit sulphur usage. The wine is neither fined nor filtered. This champagne spent 6 months ageing on the lees with a further 5 years on racks. It was disgorged without dosage in October 2017 and sealed with a natural cork. Alcohol is at 12% abv.
Tasted: 29th October 2019 at 18:25 (flower day in the lunar calendar), bottle #1124.
Appearance: Pale, gold.
Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of blood orange, orange peel, red apple, quince, nectarine, raspberry, blackberry, cranberry, redcurrant, plum, rose, lavender, dried orange and white pepper and earthy. There are secondary notes of brioche, toast, short crust pastry, vanilla, cloves and butterscotch. Tertiary aromas include hay, hazelnut, walnut, tobacco, dried apple, cinnamon and honey. The mousse is delicate and the finish long.
This is a delightful wine with a real mineral undertone. It is vibrant and has a richness of fruit and a fresh zip thanks to the zero dosage that leaves you wanting for more.
Drinking excellently now, this wine has potential for ageing very well over the next few years.
Price circa €56.00