Moutard Brut Champ Persin

Moutard Brut Champ Persin

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • Sourced from a single vineyard plot called Champ Persin in the village of Buxeuil. South West exposure with lay-limestone soils of the Kimmeridgian bank in Cote des Bar.
  • The vineyard is 20 years old, Chablis pruning during the first weeks of March.
  • This Blanc de Blancs single vineyard Cuvee is the ambassador of  their terroir in Cote des Bar.

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay

Elaboration: Gentle pressing using a pneumatic press. Fermentation occurs in temperature controlled stainless steel vats with cool settling at 45°F. 36 months on the lees in their chalk cellars at a constant 54°F in Buxeuil

Tasting Notes: Fine mousse, a delicate nose marked by floral notes and touches of almond, on the palate it shows a great persistence with a fresh finish enhanced by a remarkable structure where we find notes of lemon and grapefruit.

PRESS

NV – 90 Vinous | 92 Wine Spectator

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

Lucien Moutard began producing Champagne under his own name in 1952 from grapes grown on his family’s land in the Côte des Bar. The Côte des Bar is situated in the Southeast of Champagne’s boundary, about 2 hours in a car from Champagne’s capital in Reims. You can think of the Côte des Bar as an island in and of itself, as the sub-region is actually isolated from the rest of the Champagne. This “underdog” terroir is super hot right now, and for good reason…

The Côte des Bar was “kicked out” of the greater Champagne region in the early 1900’s, producers rioted, they have a chip on their shoulder permanently, and are therefore more experimental and rebellious. Whereas most of Champagne is relatively flat, and densely planted to vines, in the Côte des Bar you’ll find a bucolic, relaxed, “backwoods” vibe where vineyards are leisurely interspersed with forests and streams. Unlike the rest of Champagne where Chardonnay is king, in the Côte des Bar Pinot Noir dominates, making up 85% of plantings – A slightly more Southern location compared to the rest of Champagne means that it is warm enough for Pinot Noir to thrive, and Pinot Noir was the grape originally planted in the area by monks. Large amounts of clay are interspersed with the limestone in the soil here – This means a bolder fruit profile in the finished wines. The region is dominated by small growers, whose focus is on making singular/interesting wines.

Current proprietor/winemaker François Moutard learned very quickly from his father and has been at the helm of the company since the mid-1980’s. The definition of the word “hedonist” seems to match François perfectly. From their well-known “Grande Cuvee” which is one of the best-selling indie Champagne labels in the US market, to their “6-Cépages” which is one of the few wines in Champagne that includes all six permitted varietals, to their ultra-cult mono-varietal Arbanne bottling (the only of its kind in existence), there is something for everyone in the lineup of this overachieving house.

Print rated Review Shelf Talker (N.V. – 92 Wine Spectator)
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