Champagne Aÿ-Vauzelle Terme

2008

Very limited. Please inquire.

In 1996 the Chiquets bottled an experimental lot of blanc de noirs from the vineyard Vauzelle Terme in Aÿ. The results were exceptional. The vines were planted in 1980 and grow in limestone soils mixed with some clay, with chalk bedrock. Vintage 2002 was the first release of this blanc de noirs.

96+ points
"...Unfurling in the glass with aromas of wild berries, cassis, minty red apples and wet stones, it's full-bodied, ample and mouthfilling, with broad shoulders but a tight-knit, introspective and even somewhat austere core, concluding with an immensely long, sapid finish. The potential here is considerable, but this is the most reserved of these three lieu-dit bottlings and will demand a little patience."
William Kelley,
Wine Advocate
, August 2019
96 points
"The 2008 Extra-Brut Aÿ Vauzelle Terme emerges from a tiny parcel measuring just 0.30 hectares planted by Jean-Hervé Chiquet in 1980. Resonant and silky, with striking layers of nuance, the Vauzelle Terme captures a striking balance between power and translucency that is absolutely compelling. Soaring Pinot aromatics and saline overtones build into the expansive, captivating Pinot. Interestingly, when Chiquet planted this parcel, volume production was the number one objective, so the vineyard is now necessarily farmed with greater attention to managing yields. No dosage. Disgorged: April 2018."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinousmedia.com
, July 2019

SKU/Code: 
DB0598-08
Product Line: 
Wine
Sparkling
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Sustainable