Members Case No 1 - June 2019

Members Case No 1 - June 2019

In late June we shipped the first Cases of Champagne to our Members. The first case is an exciting trip around Vallée de la Marne yet a very diverse selection. You can read more about the contents of the case below.

Champagne Bruno Michel

Bruno Michel is an organic winemaker in the small village of Pierry, a few kilometres south of Epernay. The 12-hectare vineyard is composed of over 35 parcels, planted with 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier and the rest Pinot Noir.

Their champagnes are made in the same village, in vaulted, limestone caves, excavated by Benedictine monks in the 18th Century. The caves offer a constant cold temperature and humidity, which allow the champagnes to age slowly to bring out their best aromas.

Assemblée Extra Brut

Grapes: 78% Chardonnay, 22 % Pinot Meunier
Base Vintage: 2011 (80%), Reserve Wine (20%)
Dosage: 0 g/L

Champagne André Heucq

Andre Heucq is a third-generation grower, working according to biodynamic principles. The domain is located in Cuisles, a small village known for its unique soil composition. The first layer is sand and the second layer is Green Clay Illite. This special type of green clay retains water better than the chalky-clay and is rich in nutrients. The third layer is chalky-clay.

Thanks to this unusual combination of soil and micro-climate, the Meunier wines from Cuisles have a rare mineral quality and good ageing potential.

Héritage Rosé de Meunier - Phase 1

Grapes: 100% Pinot Meunier - Rosé de saignée
Base Vintage: 2014
Dosage: 2 g/L

Champagne Florence Duchêne

After finishing a Master’s degree in wine Florence returned home in 2011. In 2012, Vincent, her husband, joined Florence and her father on the estate. Together, that same year, they decided to create the brand, Florence Duchêne. The Domaine is 4 hectares spread over several villages: Aÿ (Grand Cru), Cumières (Premier Cru), Hautvillers (Premier Cru), Damery, Oeuilly, Vauciennes and Châtillon-Sur-Marne, and is certified HVE (“high environmental value”) since October 2018. The vines are planted in mainly clay-limestone on the hillside of the Vallée de la Marne consisting of Pinot Noir (51%), Pinot Meunier (34%) and Chardonnay (15%) and Pinot Blanc. The combination of soil and grape varieties provides well-balanced and complex wines with good ageing potential.

Kalikasan, Extra Brut

Grapes: 50% Pinot Noir, 50 % Pinot Meunier
Base Vintage: 2011 (80%), Reserve Wine (20%)
Dosage: 0 g/L

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