Vineyard: Sourced from vines in the Grand Cru village of Ay.
Orientation: South-facing hillside vineyards
Soil: A good percentage of limestone is found in subsoils. Technically located in Vallée de la Marne, but Aÿ's terroir and exposition are more like Montagne de Reims.
Viticulture: Hand-harvested, lutte- raisonee.
Vinification: Vinifed in stainless steel using indigenous yeast.
Aging: Aged five years sur lie. 6 gr/l dosage. Disgorgement (by hand): April 2017
Production: 400 cases, only produced in top vintages
Notes: Only produced in top vintages, this Champagne from the famed Grand Cru village of Aÿ is powerful and penetrating with dark red fruit character and lovely mineral undertones. 6 gr/l dosage. Disgorgement (by hand): April 2017
The 2009 Brut Vintage Grand Cru is a decidedly powerful, yet reticent wine for the vintage. Still very much tightly wound, the 2009 is going to need at least a few years to fully come into its own. I expected a much more forward wine given the radiance of 2009 and the natural richness of Aÿ Pinot. Disgorged: February 2017. Dosage is 6 grams per liter.