🍇 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
Region: Aube < Champagne < France
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Demeter-certified biodynamic wine (1st Biodynamic certified WINE in Champagne); base wine is mostly ‘15,14,13 vintages; juice goes through ML then spends 5 years on the lees, 8% neutral barrel aged with 4 g dosage, disgorgement on 11/18; 9ppm added So2 at bottling only; 12% ABV
About the Winemaker
Vincent Couche has farmed his 14ha of vines organically since the start in 1995, and biodynamically since 2008 -- this is extremely rare in Champagne, where only 2% of the production is even organic. And his wines are actually certified biodynamic, not just the farming practices, so he had to meet a much higher standard - he’s the only one who has achieved this level of certification in Champagne, which is pretty huge. Vincent is so concerned about biodiversity that he purchased land around his vineyard to keep it wild, and also introduced 200 chickens in vineyard to fertilize the soil.
Tasting: Crunchy pear, raspberry, and golden delicious apple fruit, the kiss of brioche (from all the time on the lees), and the long, mineral finish - hint of oxidized complexity.