750 ML, 1.5 L
Located in the Grand Cru of Cramant, these Chardonnay vines are 50-70+ years in age.
Chalk and limestone
The vineyards are farmed biodynamically and all grapes are hand harvested
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.
Kept in the cool cellars between 36-48 months, hand disgorged and aged an additional 6 months prior to release.
First created in the 1988 vintage, 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. Disgorgement (by hand): September 2016
The 2008 Vieilles Vignes du Levant Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut has a golden-yellow color and opens with a pure, fresh, very deep and concentrated bouquet that reveals more matured fruit aromas than the 2009. There are stony notes on the nose, even dried fruit expressions. The mineral flavors seem to have filled up with iron in the 2008. With lots of brioche flavors on the palate, this is a very elegant and rather lean, purely mineral and linear vintage and a more challenging compared to the generous 2009. I find the 2008 a bit harsher in the tightly woven finish at the moment, but it is very salty and complex and definitely needs some big fish to soften its edges. Some stone-dried fruit flavors in the aftertaste.
The 2008 Extra Brut Vieille Vigne de Levant Cramant Grand Cru is a big, imposing Champagne. Dried pear, smoke, slate, dried herbs and crushed flowers all resonate in the glass. The 2008 carries a real sense of old-vine gravitas and power. There is no shortage of intensity, but the slightly forward, oxidative flavor profile leads me to think the 2008 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. Disgorged: September 2016. Dosage is 2 grams per liter.
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