Guiborat - Champagne Extra Brut Prohibition NV
From the importer -
Practicing organic. 100% Pinot Meunier. Sourced from 2 parcels. 2835 bottles produced. Chalk is the dominant soil type. The grapes from each parcel are kept separate and vinified individually in stainless steel to keep the identity of each terroir. After fermentation 80% of the wine have a lengthy elevage on their lees (at least 7 months) and 20% in 400 liter barrels until assemblage and bottling the following Spring. In Richard’s quest for an absolute minimum of intervention and transparency, malo is blocked. Currently 2016 vintage. Minimum 30 months sur lattes and aged an additional 6 months after disgorgement. No dosage. Total SO2 : 59 mg/l.
Richard Fouquet, represents the 5th generation at this 8 hectare family domaine created in 1885 with vineyards in Cramant, Chouilly and Mardeuil. He grew up in a Paris suburb, but from an early age told his grandmother that he would come to the domaine to make champagne. He moved there when he was 18 and was only 21 when he took over the gestion of the domaine from his grandmother in 1996. His grandmother’s husband had died at the age of 33 and her son at the age 24. Richard’s grandmother lived at the domaine until she died a year ago in her mid 90s. Almost 3/4 of the production,5 of the 8 hectares, is sold to Laurent-Perrier, the domaine keeps only the best parcels to make their champagne – most of which are grand cru vineyards from the deep chalk of Cramant and Chouilly, as well as a vineyard in the Marne near Epernay where they have Pinot Meunier. In an average year, Guiborat produces less than 2,500cs. Farming is all done by hand, with aggressive pruning and low yields. Mostly fermented and aged in steel, small lots are also aged in neutral barrels. The bottles are aged in chalk cellars under the winery and the vineyards.