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Our “Champagne of the Month” for December 2019 is the cuvée “Les Jutées” produced by Champagne Pertois-Moriset from the village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, located in the Côte des Blancs.
Vincent and Cécile have at their disposal 20.7 hectares, 13.4 of which are Grand Cru Chardonnay plots. Sustainable viticulture is practiced and for the most part production is organic, certainly when conditions permit. No chemicals are used and their tractor is even electric powered. A new temperature controlled pressing centre was added to the domaine in 2009 which allows for the blocking of malolactic fermentation in the majority of fermentation vessels.
The cuvée “Les Jutées” is a vintage wine coming from 2011 vintage and it is named after the South facing plot in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger from where it was born. It consists of 100% Chardonnay from vines planted 1979. The soil has high chalk content with subsoil consisting of marine fossils from the Kimmeridgian period. Vinified in stainless steel tanks, it spendt 9 months on the lees before being bottled on 24th April 2012 prior to spending a further 5 years ageing in the bottle. It was disgorged on 1st December 2017 without dosage and sealed with a natural cork. Alcohol is at 12% abv. 4,123 bottles were produced.
Tasted: 21st November 2019 at 18:50 (fruit day in the lunar calendar)
Appearance: Pale, lemon.
Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of lemon, lemon rind, orange peel, blood orange, grapefruit, green apple, pear, quince, pineapple, lychee, passion fruit, star anise, peach, chamomile, dill, mint, wet stones, chalk and mineral. There are secondary notes of shortbread biscuit, bread dough, fresh bread and pastry. Tertiary aromas include dried apple, marmalade, nutty, hay, honey, ginger and dried apricot. The mousse is delicate and the finish long.
This is a superb wine with a beautiful balance between minerality and tropical fruit. The zero dosage provides a vibrancy and freshness. Drinking excellently now, this wine has potential for ageing very well over the next few years.
Price circa €49.00