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Cedric Bouchard is an enthusiastic and talented young grower who established his own Champagne House, Roses de Jeanne in 2000. At the time he started out as the smaller owner to produce his own label, with a total 1.09ha under vines. He has since emerged as one of the most promising, small Champagne producers, based in Aube. Centred on the Medieval city of Troyes, and well on the way to Burgundy, the Aube is a completely autonomous area, its Champagnes shaped by the distinctive clay limestone soils and , of course by the warmer microclimate. This is Pinot Noir country, and in the enigmatic and almost Byronic Cédric Bouchard it may well have found its champion. Youthful ideals have prompted Cédric to eschew the methodology of his family and to set out on his own, practising a viticulture which is in essence (although not formally certified) bio-dynamic.
There are two ranges; the Inflorescence wines are made from vineyards owned by Bouchard's father, while the Roses de Jeanne wines are made from vineyards Bouchard owns himself. The cuvées include: Two Blancs de Noirs Brut (100% Pinot Noir): Les Ursules from a densely planted, very low-yield single Pinot parcel and Inflorescence (from several small parcels of Pinot Noir), a Rosé de Saignée, Le Creux d'Enfer (100% Pinot Noir) and La Haute-Lemblée, Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay).
Formerly owned by Cédric’s father and therefore hitherto marketed under the Inflorescence brand, the Val Vilaine vineyards have now been repatriated and therefore formally fall under the Roses de Jeanne Domaine nomenclature. Fruits of the tardy but beguiling 2013 vintage, these Pinot Noir grapes were farmed at parsimonious yields and disgorged without dosage. Aromas of wild flowers and red berries cede to a beguiling mid-palate where the citric and the savoury cohabit comfortably and the finish is long and vinous. Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer
Case price (12)
Case saving £45.60
Bottle 6 x 75cl
The base year for this Blanc de Noirs Champagne is 2007; this year its red fruit is pure, elegant and expressive; behind this there is autolytic complexity and a savoury richness which is layered and long in its peroration. Simon Field, Champagne Buyer
Magnum 1 x 150cl