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Doyard, Champagne "Cuvee Vendemiaire", NV

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Creamy, awake and in love, that's how we feel every time we get to pop a bottle of Doyard's "entry level" wine. It may be entry entry level pricing but its complexity and structue far outpace its price point. The blend is 50% 2013, 30% 2012, 20% 2011 of 45+ year old vines blended mostly from Vertus, along with parcels in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru, Oger Grand Cru, Avize Grand Cru, and Cramant Grand Cru. Only a touch of the blend goes through malolactic fermentation, surprising due to the mouth-coating texture, but that is probably due to 40% of the wine aging in small Burgundy barrels before it sees a whopping 5 years on the lees!


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The Doyard family has roots in Champagne dating back to the 17th century and starting gaining recognition in the 70's for creating precise, mineral-etched champagnes. The domaine farms 10 ha of vineyards in Vertus and the Grand Cru villages of Le Mesnil, Cramant, Oger, Avize and Ay. The viticultural philosophy employed by the domaine is a ‘non-dogmatic’ approach to biodynamic farming with absolutely no herbicides or pesticides used. Most of the vineyards are worked by horse and yields are kept intentionally kept low, adding to the focused intensity that defines the house style.

In the cellar, all of the wines undergo very long lees aging—a minimum of 48 months, lending a vinous quality to the wines that have become the envy of Vertus. Every single decision made in the vineyard and cellar are geared toward making the most expressive, terroir focused Champagne possible.

Professional Reviews

Wine Spectator

WS 90
"A rich, creamy version, with juicy acidity providing a firm frame for layered flavors of Honeycrisp apple, glazed apricot, candied ginger and lemon curd. Clean-cut, spiced finish. Drink now through 2018."

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...


  • Grape Variety

    Blend of Red and White Grapes , Chardonnay

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Pair With

    Drink On Its Own , Drink With Poultry

  • Style


  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied


Champagne boasts some of the world’s greatest luxury brands with Krug, Cristal and, of course, Dom Perignon. But it’s also home to hundreds of small dynamic producers—farmers who grow their own grapes (often organically) and make (often with natural methods) tiny amounts of pure and absolutely delicious wine that reflect the individual personalities of their villages and terroirs. Toast with these wines, for sure. But also treat them like the great wines they are: taste, drink, explore!

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