Doyard, Cuvée Vendémiaire, Blanc de Blancs, Brut 1er Cru, Champagne, France, NV
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Overview of the Wine
Charles Doyard started working full-time with his father Yannick in 2006, who himself began making wine in 1979. Today he farms old vine sites in the finest terroir of the Côtes des Blancs: Vertus, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Cramant. A traditionalist at heart, much of the Doyard philosophy reaches into the past for inspiration. The wines are bottled at lower pressure (4-5 atmospheres, instead of the 6 atmospheres that is the norm today) and all have incredibly long lees aging, giving the wines an extraordinary level of depth and finesse.
The other nod to the past is the non-interventionist approach the family has always used. “We want to let our old vines and nature express themselves and intervene as little as possible.” says Doyard. Since 2007, zero new wood is used (3-5 years old), there is no filtration, very low doses of SO2, and he has stopped using cold-stabilization - preferring instead to simply leave the wines in the coldest portion of his cellar to allow them to precipitate naturally.
Grape / Blend
Doyard has a masterful hand with Chardonnay and you can feel it the second this brilliant wine hits your palate. Delicate, nutty, razor sharp focus and perfectly graceful. As perfect a Blanc de Blancs as they come, for those of us that love that drier and less nutty/rich style.
93 Points - Decanter
93 Points - Wine Spectator
92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The forthcoming release of Doyard's NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Vendémiaire and it's a touch richer and more gourmand than its 2014-base counterpart. Mingling aromas of peach, white flowers, green apple, nutmeg and toasted almonds, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with a vinous profile, lively acids and fine length on the finish.
Product size: 750ml