Vineyard: Harvested from massale selection vines 35-40 years in age from a single parcel located in Polisot (Cote des Bar). Harvested from the bottom of the hill where there is more clay.
Soil: Clay and Kimmerdigian Limestone bands similar to those found in Chablis. The Cotes des Bar is closer in proximity to Chablis than to Epernay.
Viticulture: Farmed biodynamically and hand harvested.
Vinification: Fermented in used barriques using natural yeasts (for both fermentations).
Aging: Sur lie for three years and bottled with zero dosage.
Production: 1300 6packs
Notes: This barrel fermented vintage cuvee is made from grapes from the bottom of the hill, which Dominique belives results in greater power and aging potential. Zero dosage.
The 2010 Extra Brut Efflorescence comes across as quite lifted and even a bit diffuse, with plenty of aromatic presence, soft edges and lovely overall balance. Perfumed orchard fruit and floral notes are expressive in the glass. Medium in body and quite accessible, the 2010 should drink well with minimal cellaring. The Efflorescence is fermented and aged in neutral oak, which introduces a bit more oxygen than is present in the other wines, all of which are done in steel. Non-dosé. Disgorged: April 2015.