Rosé de Maceration 2019 — Champagne
A Wine That
gets us giddy with excitement just when looking at the bottle. This is one of the most expressive, concentrated and focused Champagnes we know, and which demonstrates why this type of rosé Champagne winemaking is the way to go (scroll down for more info). With redcurrants, bramble fruit, rose petal and pine tree scents, this is simply heaven in a bottle. Not to be missed.
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- Winemaker: Benoît Lahaye
Where and How?
The Pinot Noir for this wine comes from 35 year old vines located in the lieu-dit Les Juliennes in Bouzy.
In the cellar, whole bunches macerated for two and a half days before pressing. This period of maceration is what gave this wine its beautiful deep pink colour, texture and an added layer of aromatic complexity. Ageing took place in amphora and 300 litre barrels. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to run its full course, lending the wine a creamy richness. After disgorgement, a dosage of three grams per litre was added to the wine. This relatively small amount gives the wine a slight lift, but keeps it dry.
The Winemaker: Benoît Lahaye
Located in the heart of the Pinot Noir epicentre of the aptly-named Bouzy, it’s a family affair chez Benoît Lahaye—always has been, and always will be. The domaine is home to mother, father, their two sons, one daughter-in-law and a one-tonne horse named Tamise.
These days, Benoît's most prized possession is his intuition – an emotional sensitivity which he has developed through the years, a feeling and sentiment which allows him to work often by feeling—without the need to be constrained by the traditional or conventional way of doing things.
That... and his horse Tamise, of course. Benoît is one of the few (but increasing) growers in the region dedicated to working the land by horse, allowing him to plough without compacting the soil. What strikes us most about Benoît is that there is no prescribed formula here for winemaking; in a region known for its regulations, his curiosity and desire to continually question his methods and evolve his practice feels to us like the truest expression of biodynamic winemaking.