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Vincent Charlot

Rosé de Saignée Extra Brut 'L'Écorché de la Genette' 2013

$99.00

Rosé de Saignée Extra Brut 'L'Écorché de la Genette' 2013

Vincent Charlot

Rosé de Saignée Extra Brut 'L'Écorché de la Genette' 2013

$99.00

Vincent’s top rosé cuvée, coming from a low-yielding, densely planted (10,000 plants/hectare) old vines on extremely poor and difficult-to-work soils of lieu-dit La Genette. On average, he makes only about 600 bottles of this wine per year, as “it takes 2 plants to produce one bottle,” Vincent says.

Grapes: 90% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir

Vineyard: La Genette in Mardeuil, clay, flint, chalk. Only 0.15 ha in the very center of this plot are used. Planted in 1957, certified organic and biodynamic. 

Making of: The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed and macerated for around 14 hours on skins. Once pressed, the wine ferments spontaneously in neutral barrels. No malolactic fermentation, the wine rests in barrels on fine lees for about 11 months. Bottled with liqueur de tirage and aged on lees for cca 7 years for the secondary fermentation (prise de mousse), disgorged, and topped up using the same wine, with a dosage of ~4g/l (extra brut). 

Personality: un grand Champagne rosé! Complex, vinous, structured, round, with a distinctive terroir character that Vincent calls “foresty – spice, leather, underwood… Although not too dark in color, its nose evokes a good red from Burgundy, with its elegant, refined fruit and a lovely touche sauvage.” Balanced, mature and soft-spoken thanks to its very long stay on lees, this is a wonderful “Champagne de gastronomie” that’s a great match for all sorts of classical dishes like duck or pigeon.

- Jenny & Francois