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Our “Champagne of the Month” for October 2017 is “Héraclite” by Champagne Stroebel. Timothée Stroebel has 3.5 hectares of vines in the village of Villers-Allerand on the Montagne de Reims which he farms biodynamically.
“Héraclite” comes from the 2012 harvest, consisting of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Meunier. Vinification and maturation is carried out in small oak barrels where indigenous yeast is used and malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur naturally. The wine does not undergo fining nor filtration, there is no dosage added and alcohol is at 12%abv.
Appearance: Pale, gold with a pinkish hue – almost rose gold.
Medium (+) intensity with primary aromas of green and red apple, raspberry, orange, lemon, lemon peel, apricot, violet and apple compote. Secondary aromas of biscuit, bread, pastry, apple turnover, vanilla and cloves. There are tertiary notes of honey, caramel, nutty, hazelnut, dried apple and tobacco. Medium body with a delicate mousse and a medium (+) finish.
Development stage: Developing.
A very fine Blanc de Noirs from a talented young vigneron.