"Rosé de Saignée" Extra Brut
50% Pinot Meunier/50% Pinot Noir. The fruit comes from two parcels in two regions: one in the Boulard home village of Cormicy in the Massif de St. Thierry (far-north Montagne de Reims) and the other in the Vallée de la Marne. As for all Boulard vines, the farming is certified-organic and biodynamic. The fruit is harvested at high ripeness in order to achieve balance with little to no dosage. The hand-harvested bunches 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 vinified, hence the phrase "rosé de saignée". 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 2015 was disgorged by hand in December 2020 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.