Grand Cru Grande Montagne Extra Brut

2009
France
Champagne

100% Chardonnay. The fruit for this bottling comes exclusively from the grand cru village of Mailly in the little cluster of Montagne de Reims crus known as the “Grand Montagne”. Mailly is a chalky, north-facing site, arguably better known for Pinot Noir than for Chardonnay. Francis and Delphine do not own but farm this parcel of vines averaging around 30 years old. 2009 was the first vintage of their own estate/label, so this is a single-vintage wine.

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 5-hectoliter half hogsheads. 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. Grande Montagne spends years in bottle before manual disgorgement: the 2009 was disgorged in 2017 and finished with zero dosage.

92 points
"Boulard's NV Grande Montagne Grand Cru is bright and decidedly savory, especially for a 2009 vintage Champagne. Lemon grass, dried herbs, tangerine oil, sage and wild flowers give the Grand Montagne exotic accents that are quite appealing. Vibrant and focused on the palate, with terrific energy, the Grande Montagne is both unique and hugely engaging. No dosage. Lot 12/2019. Harvest 2009."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, December 2019

SKU/Code: 
DB8562-09
Product Line: 
Wine
Sparkling
Sparkling White
Varietal: 
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Organic