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Producer: Champagne MoutardGrape Varieties: Pinot Noir 60%, Chardonnay 40%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Well made sparkling rose wineAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
A light salmon pink in colour with fine and persistant bubbles, showing fresh strawberry fruit through to a dry and refreshing finish.
The Moutard family has been making wine since 1642. Since then they were always keen on exploring the potential of different terroirs, maintaining traditions as well as experimenting with different grapes varieties. Francois Moutard's 21 hectares vineyard are in Buxeuil on the Côte de Bar. Francois is one of the very few growers who can produce a Champagne - 6 Cépages - which is made up of the six permitted grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Petit Meslier and Arbane.
The vines are ploughed and fertilised during the winter months using preparations from animal and vegetable origins. Marc de raisins is also used. Green harvesting takes place at the end of May, to enhance the quality of the fruit. The grapes are harvested by hand.
The grapes undergo a gentle pneumatic pressing, the must is transferred to temperature controlled vats with cold settling at 7C. The rose wine gets its colour from the saignée or bleeding method. The traditional method is used for secondary fermentation in the bottle to obtain the "prise de mousse" at 15°C. It is then aged for a minimum of 12 months, prior to bottling in April- May. Dosage 10g/l.
Serve at 4-8°C, delicious as an aperitif, or with grilled red meat. Also complements red fruit desserts and rich chocolate based puddings.
Pinot Noir 60%, Chardonnay 40%
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