Champagne L'Atavique — Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
A Wine That
pays homage to the farming ancestors of Mouzon-Leroux. From their work preserving ancient varieties and old massal selections of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the current generation is working to safeguard the wines and vines of the past. This blend of Pinot & Chardonnay encompasses these efforts and at first sip will show you why it's important; by working with diverse plant material, you're able to gain much more complexity and energy in the final wine. It's full to the brim of bright raspberry aromas, pink rock salt sprinkles and a spritz of jasmine perfume. It's like having a room full of the same person, cloned again and again, or a room full of people from all sorts of diverse backgrounds. We know which one we'd pick!
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- Winemaker: Sebastien Mouzon-Leroux
Where and How?
This is 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay from the 2012 and 2013 vintages, from biodynamically tended vines in the Verzy grand cru of Montagne de Reims, Champagne.
The wine fermented naturally, and malolactic fermentation also occurred naturally, giving the wine a touch of creaminess. It was aged on the lees for six months in barrels and vats, and aged for a further 32 months in the bottle. After disgorgement, it was given 2g sugar dosage (almost nothing) and aged for a further six months in the cellars. Unfined, unfiltered and with just the tiniest touch of sulphur.
When Sébastien took over the farming of his vineyards from his father, he had a moment of sudden clarity. He realised that around 80% of the chemicals produced for viticulture were made by the same giant companies. This didn’t sit well with him. More than that, it made him feel deeply uneasy. It was capitalism in the worst sense of the word. This led him to discover Terre et Humanisme, an agroecological charity founded by Pierre Rabhi, which works to help farmers become independent from the big agrochemical companies.
As someone with libertarian thinking, he wanted to break free himself and wanted others to do the same. By working with the charity in Africa for three months, he realised he wanted to somehow be able to support in the long term, and thus he donates 1% of annual profits to their work.
When looking for a solution, he discovered the biodynamic way, which led him to convert all of his vineyards. Now, he feels a sense of freedom; both from a societal and human point of view, but also with regards to nature. His vines, soil and land no longer have to rely on these agrochemical giants. Instead, the vines have returned to their inherent balance, and are nourished by the manure of sheep and chickens that roam amongst the vines throughout winter. It was only natural for this work to be translated to the cellar, and the Mouzon-Leroux wines today have become some of the most expressive, pure and natural visions of Champagne.