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Cedric Bouchard, Roses de Jeanne Val Vilaine Brut NV
Outstanding weight and balance whilst exuding delicate fragrances of white flowers and red berry fruits accompanied by a mineral imprint from the calcareous-clay soil. Made from just 1.45 hectares of 35 year old vines and very low yields makes this a rare wine of real intensity and complexity.
Cedric Bouchard had a rapid rise to Champagne stardom. Having only started his own label in 2000 after a stint as a sommelier in Paris, he quickly earned a reputation as one of Champagne's most talented young wine producers, and was awarded the title of Champagne's finest winemaker for the year 2008 by the Gault Millau. Bouchard began with only 1.37 hectares of vines in the village of Celles-sur-Ource in the Cote des Bar region of Champagne. His approach in the vineyards seeks to maximize quality every step of the way. Additionally,he farms organically, dramatically restricts yields (among the lowest in Champagne), and places extra emphasis on picking at the optimum moment.Though pensive and reserved in nature, Bouchard embraces a revolutionary philosophy: single vineyard, single variety (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc), single vintage, zero dosage Champagnes. Rather than blending different sources and vintages to make a single cuvee, as is the long-standing norm in Champagne, Bouchard prefers to make a wine that is representative of the vintage and place of origin.He seeks to create individual wines of great character each year from his single vineyard bottlings. Each wine is made only from juice from the first pressing, fermented only with indigenous yeast and handled meticulously in the cellar to guarantee the finest wines possible. He believes in a long, slow and cool second fermentation which creates smaller, finer bubbles, and helps to enhance the vinosity of the underlying wine. The wines -- all incredibly limited -- are produced with no dosage and with the goal of allowing the unique terroir of each wine to take center stage. The domaine continues to grow and evolve. Bouchard increased his holdings by combining 1.37 hectares of vines previously owned by his father, with his own assortment of prime parcels. Although his father's holdings were originally bottled under the Inflorescence label, beginning in 2014 all cuvees were bottled uner the Roses de Jeanne label.