Snapshot
Vintage: 2008
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Champagne
Wine type: Sparkling
Varietals: White Blend
Varietal notes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier and Arbane
Vineyard: Sourced from vineyards in in communes of Buxeuil and Polisy in the Côte des Bar, the warmest region of Champagne. The 6 varieties in this wine consituted the traditional blend of the 19th century. The Moutard family continues to cultivate the uncommon varieties of Petit Meslier and Arbane.
Orientation: Multiple parcels, exposure varies
Soil: Clay-limestone with Kimméridgien bands (like in Chablis). In fact, the Côte des Bar is closer in proximity to Chablis than it is to Epernay.
Viticulture: Traditional farming. Compost of manure and grape stems. Hand harvested
Vinification: Short maceration on the skins. Fermentation in 2nd and 3rd year barrels previously used for White Burgundy.
Aging: Aged in neutral barrels. 6 years sur lie on the cork. 10 grams dosage
Production: 1,250 cases
Notes: This unique mix of all six of the region's indigenous grape varieties -- Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier and Arbane -- creates a delightfully fragrant and floral wine with exceptional depth. A fascinating and alluring Champagne.
Ratings
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 89
The 2008 Brut 6 Cépages is bright, floral and nicely lifted in the glass, with plenty of lemon peel and white flower nuances. The 2008 is perhaps just a touch slender, but it is nicely balanced. Even with 10 grams of dosage, the 2008 is very bright. The 6 Cépages is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Petit Meslier, Pinot Blanc and Arbane. Disgorged March 2017. Dosage is 10 grams per liter.