Vineyard: 50% Chardonnay (1/3 of Chardonnay muscaté) from vines in Les Chemins d’Epernay, which were planted in 1957.
50% Pinot Noir from vines in Les Rouges Maisons, which were planted in 1983.
Orientation: Multiple parcels, varied exposure
Soil: Les Chemins d'Epernay has cay soils with a lsilt stratum in surface and a chalky subsoil, whereas Les Rouges Maisons has deeo clay topsoil with flint, schist and a chalk subsoil.
Viticulture: Vineyards are farmed organically, soils are worked (sometimes with a horse).
Vinification: Grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripen, then traditional pressing. Natural alcoholic fermentation in barrels from Burgundy (aged of 10 years minimum). No malolactic fermentation.
Aging: 6 months of barrel ageing with regular stirring of the lees. Disgorged « à la volée » (by hand) Extra Brut @ 3 gr/l dosage.
The 2011 Extra Brut Les Empreintes is delicate, nuanced and understated. The savory, vegetal quality of the vintage is impossible to fully escape, as is the wine's slender construction slightly grainy feel. I would prefer to drink the 2011 sooner rather than later. Overall, this is reasonably successful wine for the year. Disgorged: February 2016. Dosage is 4 grams per liter.