Champagne Vincent Charlot, Clos Des Futies Extra Brut

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Vintage: 2011

Varietals: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir

Farming: Organic/Biodynamic 

Truly exceptional. Rich, intense, complex but with incredible drinkability – it’s hard not to make the bottle disappear in a couple of minutes! But if you allow it the time it deserves (and maybe a gentle passage through a decanter, too), it wows you with a cornucopia of flavors and scents, from peaches, baked apples and blood orange through more vegetal (fresh olive oil?!) and dried nuts. Superb length, finishing on mineral tones and revolving acidity.

The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed and gently pressed. The wine ferments spontaneously in neutral old oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation, the wine rests in barrels on fine lees for about 11 months. Bottled with liqueur de tirage and aged on lees for 8 years minimum for the secondary fermentation (prise de mousse) – to keep the wine in contact with air during this time, the wine is bottled under cork already (and not under crown cap as usual for most Champagnes). Disgorged, and topped up using the same wine, with a dosage of ~4g/l (extra brut).