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 2012 Extra Brut Efflorescence is one of the more focused wine in this range, notwithstanding its mid-weight personality. Orchard fruit, white flowers, chalk, mint and white pepper give the Efflorescence much of its high-toned personality. The 2012 is understated and classy from start to finish. Disgorged: January 2016.