Champagne Vincent Couche Chardonnay de Montgueux (750ml)
Cotes de Bar
Nestled in the heart of Côte des Bar, in Aube, near the village of Buxeuil, Vincent Couche established his 15 ha estate in 1996 and all of his vines are certified organic and biodynamic since 2008- he became the first in Champagne to have both his winery and vineyards certified. Spread out over two seperate vineyards; 3 ha in Mongueux growing Chardonnay on chalky soils and south facing, and 12 ha in Buxeuil growing predominately Pinot Noir on kimmeridgian soils, clay-limestone, or clay-marl. Their goal is to vinify authentic, quality wines with the fundamental principles of biodynamic farming at the top of their minds; this type of farming allows the vines to thrive in a balanced and harmonious environment, with the diversity of fauna and flora (flora referring to plants and fauna referring to animals) being a key component.
In the glass, clear yellow with green highlights. On the nose, crushed rocks and notes of white fruit, bread crust, and sweet pastry spring to mind. Much of the same carries through to the palate, with added freshness and creaminess. Use as an aperitif, serve alongside an assortment of cheese, or pair with your favourite seafood/shellfish dishes.
Made from 100% Chardonnay, grown using biodynamic practices on a three ha island in Montgueux; these grapes are hand harvested and harvest times are dictated by taste, often picked later than neighbouring vineyards as Vincent refuses to chaptalize (add sugar to) his wines. The juice undergoes a long and cool fermentation using natural yeast and full malolactic fermentation in oak. The wine is then aged for a minimum of 8 years sur lie before disgorgement and in keeping with the “less is more” philosophy, Vincent keeps the dosage as low as possible as well as adding very little to no sulphur.