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Our “Champagne of the Month” for March 2016 is the cuvée Brut from Champagne Rémi Leroy who is based in the village of Meurville in the Côte des Bar.
Rémi Leroy has 8 hectares of vines at his disposal, predominantly planted with Pinot Noir on clay/limestone slopes. The terroir is similar to that of Chablis and dates back to the Jurassic period. The vineyards are maintained enherbement where organic practices promote biodiversity, ensuring a strong and healthy vine stock.
In the winery, each parcel is pressed and vinified separately in order to maintain the integrity and individuality of the terroir. A modern Champagne press by its method ensures oxidation of the juice is limited, which in turn allows for reduced levels of sulphur to be added. Indigenous yeasts are used and malolatic fermentation is allowed to occur naturally.
Our cuvée Brut was born from the 2011 harvest, the budding crop for which was decimated by a hard frost
(-6°C) in mid-April. The result meant that two thirds of the grapes were lost, a catastrophic event for any winemaker. But despite this imbalance in the vineyard, come harvest time in August Mother Nature rewarded Rémi with a low yield of excellent quality.
The wine consists of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay of which 85% comes from the 2011 harvest, the remainder being reserve wines from 2009 and 2010. Vinification is a mix of 80% in small thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks and 20% Burgundian fûts. Regular stirring of the fine lees was carried out and the wine underwent no fining or filtering. Disgorgement took place in December 2014 with a dosage of 3gl.
From the Jurassic earth, preserved in rich amber comes this expressive champagne with aromas of green apples and hazelnuts. It is soft and long in the mouth, bursting with minerality – a result of that devastating late frost. There are hints of tropical fruits such as mango and pineapple with toffee apples and patisserie. Also present is a delicate undertone of liquorice.
We first tasted this wine at Des Pieds et des Vins 2015 tasting salon, purchasing this bottle from Les Caves du Forum. This wine is indulgent, captivating and utterly delicious, such a treat.
Price circa €26.00