Vineyard: 10-20 year old Pinot Noir vines planted in the Cote des Bars, the warmest part of the Champagne region.
Orientation: Multiple parcels, exposures varies
Soil: Clay-limestone with kimmeridgien bands like in Chablis. In fact, the Cote des Bars is closer in procimity to Chablis than to Epernay.
Viticulture: Traditional farming, hand harvested
Vinification: 2012 base vintage; fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tank, no malo
Aging: Aged on the lees for three years before bottling in May. 10 grams dosage; disgorged March 2017
Production: 25,000 cases
Notes: A rich and mineral-driven Blanc de Noirs at an exceptional value.
Publication: Wine Spectator
The richness and creaminess of Aube Pinot Noir comes through loud and clear in the NV Brut Grande Cuvée. Wonderfully intense on the palate, yet also translucent, the Grande Cuvée offers a highly appealing array of varietal Pinot fruit and aromatics with more finesse than is often found in Champagne's Aube district. Disgorged May 2017. Dosage is 10 grams per liter.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The Moutard Père et Fils Grande Cuvée non-vintage Brut is its customary pure pinot noir in its newest iteration, which hails from the base year of 2013. The wine was finished off this year with a dosage of ten grams per liter, and of course, as is the house style, did not go through malo. The bouquet is pure and vibrant, offering up a lovely constellation of apple, white
peach, patissière, flinty minerality and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, zesty and full-bodied, with a fine core, excellent mineral drive, frothy mousse and a very long, nascently complex finish. This is a lovely and very well-balanced wine that is still a tad on the young side, but is eminently drinkable today, but will be even better with a year or two in the cellar. Fine juice. 2017-2035.