Vineyard: This wine contains only very ripe Pinots Noir from Premier Cru Vertus. By ploughing in the vineyards, the yields are limited, and the roots grow deep into the chalky sub-soil, preserving the plants' life in the soils. Vines are 45-50 years old.
Soil: limestone, chalky sub-soil
Viticulture: The vineyards are farmed biodynamically and all grapes are hand harvested
Vinification: This technique is very seldom used in Champagne: After setting aside the best grapes, they are picked off from bunch then they macerate over a few days until the saignée is done. The grapes are vinified in enamel-lined stainless steel vats, then bottle-aged.
Aging: Kept in the cool cellars between 36-48 months, hand disgorged and aged an additional 6 months prior to release. Dosage at 3 grams/liter.
Production: 900 cases/year
Notes: A singular, Rose de Saignée Extra Brut is a vintage cuvee made solely from the oldest Pinot Noir vines planted in the village of Vertus. The grapes are crushed and the juice macerates on the skins for two or three days to give the wine its lovely color (rather than fermented as a white wine and then blended with a bit of red still wine further on down the road to make a Rosé). The rosé is fermented in enamel-lined stainless steel tanks and finished with an extremely delicate dosage of three grams per liter. This is a Champagne Rosé meant for the table with a deep, penetrating style that stands up to savory meat dishes.
The NV (2013) Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée Grand Cru is fabulous. Bright, floral and finely-sculpted, the 2013 simply exudes class. This is one of the more finessed recent vintages I have tasted of the Rosé de Saignée, but everything just works. Cranberry, mint, floral and spice notes meld into the super-expressive finish. Although a bit more restrained in its most recent incarnation, the 2013 does not sacrifice power or intensity. This is a wine of real pleasure. I would prefer to drink the 2013 sooner rather than later. But I can't imagine too many bottles will be around for more than a few years, as the wine is spectacularly delicious. The Rosé de Saignée is 100% Vertus Pinot Noir that sees 3 days on the skins and is aged in stainless steel. Dosage is 3 grams per liter. Disgorged: June 2016.