Vineyard: Located in the Grand Cru of Cramant, these Chardonnay vines are 50-70+ years in age.
Orientation: Southeast exposure
Soil: Chalk and limestone
Viticulture: The vineyards are farmed biodynamically and all grapes are hand harvested
Vinification: Fermented using natural yeasts in a combination of 60% used barriques and 40% used foudres and left on the lees during the winter. Bottled unfined and unflitered, dosage is 2 grams/liter.
Aging: Kept in the cool cellars between 36-48 months, hand disgorged and aged an additional 6 months prior to release.
Notes: First created in the 1988 tinage, the Vieilles Vignes de Levant Extra Brut is a vintage cuvee produced from the oldest Grand Cru vines in the village of Cramant- ranging from fifty to eighty year-old vines. Like the Terre de Vertus, it is a single vintage cuvée fermented in oak, rather than stainless steel, though in this case, it is a combination of large foudres and smaller Burgundy barrels that are used. The wine receives a very low dosage of two grams per liter prior to release.
Lemon oil, white flowers and mint are some of the notes that open up in the 2007 Extra Brut Grand Cru Cramant Vieilles Vignes de Levant, which emerges from a parcel of 50-70 year-old vines in Cramant. Here the interplay of bright aromatics and vertical, old-vine structure come together beautifully. Next to some of the other wines in the lineup, the 2007 is a bit compact, but it is quite pretty just the same. The Vieilles Vignes is fermented and aged in a combination of neutral barriques and foudres. Dosage is 2 grams/liter. Disgorged: January 2015.