Les Rachais Rosé Extra Brut
100% Pinot Noir. "Les Rachais" is the heart of the Boulard estate in in their home village of Cormicy in the Massif de St. Thierry in the far north of the Montagne de Reims region. The Pinot Noir parcel is a mere 10 ares or 0.1 hectare on sandy, chalky soils over limestone, planted in 1964 by Delphine's father Francis Boulard with selections massales. Les Rachais was also their first parcel to be farmed organically (now certified) and biodynamically. The Rachais rosé is only made in "solar" vintages according to Delphine, which means in recent times only in 2005, 2009 and 2014; as with all Boulard wines, the fruit is harvested only at high ripeness in order to achieve balance with little to no dosage.
The Rachais rosé is vinified and aged like Boulard's regular "rosé de saignée". The hand-harvested fruit goes into the press but is not pressed--rather, the fruit macerates for about 12 hours to develop the rosé color and the juice is then drained off and vinifiedd The juice is fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in used Burgundy barrels and goes through malolactic fermentation. The wine is bottled on biodynamic “fruit days” with no fining and with minimal sulfur. The 2009 Rachais was disgorged by hand in july 2018 and finished with a 3-gram dosage. It is worth noting that only about 5% of rosé Champagnes are made by maceration rather than by blending still red wine into a white base.