Rosé Extra Brut NV (2010)
45% Pinot Meunier/25% Pinot Noir/30% Chardonnay. From biodynamically farmed estate parcels in two locations: the Boulards' home village of Cormicy in the Massif de Saint-Thierry in the far north of the Montagne de Reims and the village of Belval-Sous-Châtillon in the Vallée de la Marne. Though typically a blend of vintages, in this particular bottling in stock now (autumn 2017), the fruit is all 2010 vintage. Most rosé Champagnes are made by blending still red wine into a white wine base--but Boulard's is made by saignée, bleeding the Pinot juice from the skins after a 10-12-hour maceration.
All of the fruit is hand-harvested, crushed and put into oak vats; the juice from the black grapes is bled and fermented in small, well-used Burgundy and Champagne barrels. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and is aged on its lees, then bottled unfined with minimal sulfur, only on fruit and flower days per the lunar calendar. It was hand-disgorged in December 2017 and was finished with a small 5-gram/liter dosage.