Vincent Couche, Chardonnay de Montgueux Extra Brut Champagne, NV

$59.99
Available for Same Day Delivery (or Pickup) in Manhattan.

A nearly equal mix of the 2007 and 2008 vintages - both outstanding in their own right. 30% of the wines were fermented in neutral barrels. The wine spent 10 years on the lees and has 4.5g of dosage.

A perfect example of what Chardonnay can do in the hands of a master. Slivers of granny apple smith still persist along with a whiff of fresh cut tarragon and parsley aromas. The texture is a millefeuille of lemon, pastry, caramel, buttery flaky goodness. This is a wine to celebrate for the sake of its self.
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Vincent Couche was one of the first producers to work biodynamically in Champagne, starting back in 1999 (certified as of 2008). While the scientific connection between biodynamics and good wine is not always clear, we do know this: vignerons who practice biodynamics pay very careful attention to their vines, and this is essential for producing the best grapes. Vincent Couche loves his vines and cares for them obsessively.

Those vines are marvelously located. He grows Pinot Noir in the part of the Aube where the soils are kimmeridgian, just like you find in Chablis. He grows Chardonnay in the intensely chalky (and flinty!) soils of Montgueux, an isolated corner of Champagne that wouldn't ring a bell with anyone if it weren't for Jacques Lessaigne, who has become famous for his non-interventionist Champagnes.

Couche is similarly non-interventionist. He picks late so that his grapes are properly ripe and no chaptalization is required and so that he can keep dosage to an absolute minimum. He ferments his wines with natural yeasts in large neutral barrels and then allows the malos to occur naturally. No pumps are to be found in the winery—everything is by gravity.

Professional Reviews

Wine Enthusiast

WE 88
"Crisp, textured and fresh, this is a tight, nervy and mineral wine. Bright apple flavors are lifted with intense acidity. This bottling is still young, very dry and taut and needs to age."

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Champagne

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Vintage

    NV

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Style

    Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied