At long last after visits and discussion over time forming a friendship, we have been granted a precious allocation of this internationally-coveted micro producer in the Aube. Dominique Moreau cultivates just a 2,5ha contiguous parcel of lieu-dit ‘Tremble’ in the village of Polisot, in the southern Aube, near Les Riceys. The estate is named after her grand-mother. She is certified biodynamic, so viticulture is as pure as possible with no herbicides or pesticide and painstaking care. She uses both enamelled steel tanks and barrel techniques and yeasts are from a certified organic source for both fermentations. No filtration or fining. A low sulphur regime but extreme care to maintain freshness. The wines, largely 100% Pinot Noir Blanc de Noirs, show an aethereal texture and purity of expression and beguiling citrus, plum and creamy ripe sweetness as well as intense minerality. The wines are not dosaged or hardly at all. Scintillating wines at the leading edge of Champagne s new wave producers of purity with claims to be fine wine worthy of attention, not just bubbly fun.
Miniere’s barrel-fermented champagnes are increasingly in connoisseur’s sights. Brothers Frédéric and Rodolphe Minière (hence F & R) only began to sell their champagnes in 2014 and made their own wine from only 3ha of their 8ha estate in Hermonville, north of Reims. The rest of the grapes were sold off but they are expanding each […]
Founded in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger on the C te des Blancs in 1958, this single estate RM moved to Vertus in 2004. Marie Doyard (founder member of the CIVC Maurice Doyard was her great grandfather) and brother Benoit then took over. Benoit and his father run the winemaking and viticulture and Marie is very much the […]
We tracked this domaine, based in Courmas on the Petite Montagne de Reims, under the radar , over two years, impressed by the painstaking detail of their vineyard and cellar work and (we think!) the delicacy of their wines. Scala became the sole UK distributor, beating off some stiff competition from other UK interest. Yann […]