2019 AOC Coteaux Champenois 'Vrigny Blanc'
In recent years, Cyril planted Petit Meslier – one of the lesser known grapes permitted in the region. A rare variety that is good at retaining acidity, especially in hot years. Forward thinking with climate change in mind. 2019 was the first year that he obtained fruit from this new parcel, and it has contributed to this wine. 70% Chardonnay and 30% Petit Meslier, both from the village of Vrigny. The soils are made up of clay and loam, which sits on top of chalk. Skin contact for 2 days, followed by pressing, and then spontaneous natural fermentation (followed by malo), and ageing in old oak barrels. The wine stayed in barrels for 13 months, before being bottled without fining or filtration, and without any sulfites. 12% alc.
Very different nose to previous years, showcasing the addition of Petit Meslier. Very perfumed and a massive shapeshifter. Extremely clean and pure. Apples, flint, salt and preserved lemon. Subtle perfume that makes you want to investigate further. So clean and precise in the mouth. It is lightly textural, with various apples, yellow plums, nectarines, white peaches, and has an icy edge. These wines are so clean! Perfectly ripe fruit that lingers, and morphs into a mineral ending. The acidity is high, but well integrated. There is a frostiness on the finish that is not too dissimilar to the sensation of an icy pole. It becomes more and more flinty with air. Unfolding further and displaying more detail as it opens in the glass, the tension builds. Ideal with seafood, rich dishes or creamy pastas, this is an exhilarating, high quality wine that is sure to impress. Ideal for lovers of Chablis and Jura.