Blanc de Blancs Vieilles Vignes Extra Brut

2015

100% Chardonnay. The fruit for this bottling comes from a single parcel called Le Murtet (not on the label) in the Boulards' home village of Cormicy, which lies in the extreme NE of the Montagne de Reim in a zone known as the Massif de Saint-Thierry. The vines are 60-80 years old and are planted on deep, sandy limestone soils.

As for all Boulard-owned vines, the farming is certified-organic and fully biodynamic. The fruit is harvested at high ripeness in order to achieve balance with little to no dosage. The hand-harvested bunches are gently pressed, and only first-press juice is used. It is fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts and continues in used, small oak barrels and larger casks. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and remains on its lees with periodic batônnage in accordance with the lunar calendar. It is bottled on biodynamic “fruit days” with no fining and with minimal sulfur. Boulard bottle aging tends to be lengthy: the 2013 was disgorged by hand in 2017 and finished with zero dosage.

92+ points
"The 2015 Francis Boulard et Fille old vines bottling of Blanc de Blancs comes from a single lieu à dit called Le Murtet and is planted with vines that range from sixty to eighty years of age. The vins clairs are barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts and undergo malolactic; the wine was disgorged in October of 2019 after three and a half years aging sur latte and finished with a dosage of two grams per liter. The wine delivers a very refined bouquet of pear, golden delicious apple, brioche, fresh almond, chalky soil tones and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and nicely light on its feet, with a lovely core, good soil signature, frothy mousse and a long, complex and low fat finish. It is already quite approachable, but will be even better with three to five years in the cellar to blossom properly. 2020-2045+. 92+. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB5663-15
Product Line: 
Wine
Sparkling
Sparkling White
Varietal: 
Chardonnay
Farming Type: 
Organic