Héraclite Sous Bois 2016 — Champagne
A Wine That
shows a glimpse into the incredibly thrilling range of Timothées Champagnes. Heraclite, name patron of this cuvée and Greek philosopher once said 'the only constant in life is change' — and so drinking a bottle of 'Heraclite' is a journey starting with a zesty, citrus taste when you first open it and unveiling richer more nuanced character of the Pinot Meunier as you drink the wine.
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- Winemaker: Timothée Stroebel
Where and How?
This wine comes from two Pinot Meunier vineyards 'Montreval' (mainly clay and limestone) and 'Cumines' (a north-facing slope on deep clay) both planted in 1964. Timothée harvests in mid September and the wine is subsequently aged and fermented in small barrels for one year. Secondary fermentation takes place for over 3 years on the full lees and was disgorged à la volée in January 2021.
The Winemaker: Timothée Stroebel
Champagne, despite its lofty reputation, has borne the brunt of chemical farming, perhaps more so than any other French wine region. It’s thanks to an increasing handful of growers like Timothée that the soils here are beginning to slowly recover from decades of chemical abuse. They are leading the way, and others are beginning to follow, a little like a positive version of a vinous Pied Piper. The ecosystem doesn’t die; instead it strengthens and flourishes.
Timothée achieved his organic certification in 2014 after over a decade's work to regenerate his soils. He works almost without machines, instead working his soils by horse and plough with his own two horses, Bijou and Quina. All his vineyard work is carried out with the goal of promoting soil health; in order to boost the vineyards’ ecosystem and attract insects and birds.