Cedric Bouchard, Roses De Jeanne Vale Vilaine, 2019
Red Berry, Floral, Mineral
Cedric Bouchard, Roses De Jeanne
Made from just 1.45ha of 35yo vines, and yields of just 26hh now, it was cuve aged and bottled with a very low 17g/l for the secondary fermentation, which gives a low pressure and gentle mousse. Well balanced and loads of delicate and subtle flavours this is a really great introduction into the Bouchard style and a cuvee that is slightly easier to get hold of than his other unicorns.
Notes on the producer
Cédric Bouchard has quickly earned a sky-high reputation and his micro-production of champagnes are some of the most sought after in all Champagne.Born into a winemaking family, a passion for wine was awoken in him when he worked as a sommelier and caviste in Paris, and it was only after this in 2000 that he decided to come back to Celles-sur-Ource in the Côte des Bar region and start to make champagnes.
Starting with just one hectare of unpromising north-facing vines (Les Ursules) handed down to him by his father, Cédric embraced a revolutionary philosophy: single vineyard, single variety (mainly pinot noir, although there is also a 100% chardonnay and 100% pinot blanc cuvée), single vintage, cuve ageing, low pressure and zero dosage champagnes – and that’s the way he still works today. Cédric’s approach in the vineyards seeks to maximize quality every step of the way, adopting a respectful and sensitive approach for viticulture, and dramatically restricting yields to an average of around 25hh (the lowest in Champagne).
The ubiquitous bouillie bordelaise (sulphur, copper) is sprayed against oidium/mildew and, although the vines have not seen any chemicals for over 10 years, no organic certification will ever be claimed by the free-spirited Cédric. He also employs a team of 40 pickers for his tiny holdings to ensure that every grape is picked at the optimum time.