Champagne Moutard Climat “Richardot Vieilles Vignes”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The vineyard is 45 years old and is called “Richardot,” located in village of Buxeuil.
- The grapes are grown on clay-limestone soils of the Kimmeridgian bank in Côte des Bar, south exposure.
- These grapes are hand-harvested.
- The vineyard is sustainably cultivated.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: The guyot vine training system is used. Pruning takes place in Spring and plowing in Winter. De-suckering occurs during the Summer. Gentle pressing using a pneumatic press Temperature controlled stainless steel vats with cool settling at 7°C. The first fermentation is in Oak Barrel (Lightning). Specifically, oak from Burgundy. The second fermentation on lees with cork plugging and stages during 4 years. No Dosage after disgorgement.
Tasting Notes: Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir provides the wine a perfect maturity, with ample and full mouth. Some notes of dried fruits and honey come to increase aromas dominated by notes of red and black fruits. The finish is long and intense. A Champagne of gastronomy.
In 1958, Lucien Moutard married into a family whose ancestors first cultivated vines on the Buxeuil hillsides in 1642. Buxeuil is a village 200 km southeast of Paris in the Côte-des-Bar region. Lucien had inherited the art of cultivating the local land from his father, Paul, and passed it on to his children: Agnès, Véronique, and François.
The family patriarch instilled a sense of family in his children. “Working as a family was very important to him. He would be happy to see the family’s success,” says his son, François. Today, François, Agnès, and Véronique carry on the family business along with another generation. The entire family is well-versed in every step of the winemaking process from vine to customer.