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Champagne Andre Beaufort, Derriere L'Eglise Brut 2010
Pinot Noir 80%, Chardonnay 20%
As the name suggests, the individual vineyard for this Cuvee is 'behind the church'. Made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and bottled without any dosage as the Beauforts believe this highlights the mineral notes that come through in wines from Kimmeridgian soil. Bright and citrussy on the nose with hints of grapefruit alongside ripe lemon, this is tense yet generously textured.
Beaufort�s approach to caring for his vines is radical. He treats them like a living and breathing organism, allowing the vines to grow more freely and letting the grapes ripen much longer than more traditional growers. He even creates homeopathic sprays to treat his vines against mildew! In the early 70s, Jacques Beaufort fell ill as a result of eating fruit laden with pesticides. His wife encouraged him to try eating organic fruit which didn�t have the same negative affect on his health. And in 1972, he became the 2nd producer in Champagne to use 100% organic grapes. Since then, he has further converted his grapes to 100% biodynamic and he is a leader in the biodynamic movement in Champagne. You will find Champagne Andre Beaufort in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, on the south eastern tip of the Montagne de Reims, where the Pinot Noir grape produces some of the best wines in the entire Champagne region. Today his eldest son, Amaury, runs the vineyard.