The 2012 Extra Brut is made up of 50% each Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that was partly vinified in oak barrels, with limited use of sulfur. The nose shows golden apple, clotted cream, scones, apricot, nectarine, and a dusting of minerals. The palate is so very well balanced with an initial orchard fruit flavor joined by cream, savory spice, and a core of chalky minerality. The “bakeshop” and fruit quality up front is very nicely balanced by the reduced dosage and chalky minerality. D&M Tasting Notes
Relatively new to the scene here in the US. In fact when we tasted this cuvee back in September we knew we wanted this and bought every last bottle that the importer had. While new to us, Antoine Bouvet is the third generation to operate as an independent grower/producer in Champagne. His grandfather launched his eponymous domaine Guy Bouvet in 1970 and ran it largely by himself. Guy based his domaine in his home village of Mareuil-Sur-Ay and worked with a small holding of vineyards spread across three villages. From an early age Antoine took a budding interest in the family business. He learned from his grandfather the the joy of hard work, caring for the land, and the precision of cellar work so very necessary to make great Champagne. For schooling Antoine attended the Viticampus in Avize (where Champagne Sanger is made) before joining his grandfather back at the domaine.
Having proven himself through formal training as well as working hand in hand with his grandfather, Guy felt the time was right to step back and allow Antoine to take the lead. Antoine formally launched his domaine with his grandfather’s holdings in 2013, and his label and brand are an homage to their relationship: the wise experienced old man guiding and helping the younger generation. The two of them have 5 hectares spread across three villages: Avenay Val d’Or, Bisseuil and Mareuil-sur-Ay. Antoine is following the thrust of Champagne with most of the vineyards planted with grass cover, and they have completely stopped using chemical herbicides. For the 2012 vintage, 40% of this year’s crop was farmed biodynamically. Michael Kennel, D&M
Antoine Bouvet 2012 Extra Brut Champagne
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