Champagne L'Incandescant — Pinot Noir
A Wine That
emanates exuberance. It's both voluptuous and fine-tuned; full of chiselled energy. With texture and grip, this isn't just any rosé Champagne. It's the kind of soulful Champagne that begs for you to put Whitney Houston or Aretha Franklin on the speakers - it hits all the notes, but be careful - after you drink this it will make you wanna have a go at hitting those high notes too. Warn your neighbour!
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- Winemaker: Sebastien Mouzon-Leroux
Where and How?
From Mouzon-Leroux's biodynamically tended vineyards in the Verzy grand cru of Montagne de Reims, Champagne.
This is a rosé de saignée - meaning it's a rosé from Pinot Noir juice with extended maceration, instead of being a rosé made from blending red and white grapes via the easier assemblage method. This means the Champagne is darker in colour with more grip and texture - a little more oomph. The wine fermented naturally, and malolactic fermentation also occurred spontaneously, giving the wine a little creaminess. It was aged for six months in barrels and vats, after which it was aged for 28 months in the bottle, before being disgorged and aged for another six months. Unfined, unfiltered and with the tiniest addition 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 three 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.