Grower Champagne: Roses de Jeanne Côte de Val Vilaine Blanc de Noirs


Cedric Bouchard is one of the new generation of star growers in Champagne. Based in the Côte des Bar in the Aube, in the south of Champagne, he only began making wine in 2000, from 1.4 hectares of vines, but has since added his father’s 1.5 hectares to this holding. Initially the wines he made from his father’s plots were labelled ‘Inflorescence’, but since 2000 they have all been under the Roses de Jeanne label.

The approach is very much a terroir-influenced one, and the plots used are indicated on a map on the back label. Farming is organic and all wines are single-site, single-variety and single-vintage (although the vintage is only indicated on the back label as V14 in this case). Just first pressings are used and the primary fermentation is with wild yeasts. This is a very beautiful wine.

Champagne Roses de Jeanne Côte de Val Vilaine Blanc de Noirs NV France
Vintage 2016, disgorged April 2016. Lovely focus here with sweet citrus fruit and great purity and delicacy – very fine with fruit purity and nice tension. Delicate and expressive showing lemon and fine herbs with a lemony finish. Bright for a Pinot, and completely lovely. 94/100

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