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Vincent Couche Eclipsia Brut Champagne

  • Vincent Couche Eclipsia Brut Champagne

Vincent Couche Eclipsia Brut Champagne

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  • Quantity Available: 44
  • SKU #: 10248
  • $48.99


Vincent Couche Eclipsia Brut Champagne

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 44
  • SKU #: 10248
  • $48.99


Vincent Couche Eclipsia Brut Champagne

This is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay that was grown atop clay, marble and chalky soils. This mostly comes from the 2017 vintage with the addition of reserve going back to 1999. 25% was fermented in oak barrels with the rest in tank. It was aged for 3 years on its lees before being disgorged in February of this year. The nose initially shows bright green apple, yellow plum, hazelnuts and a just there note of cream. On the palate there is a seam of chalky minerality with almost a saline note with flavors of white raspberries, green apple, plums, and just there oak spice. With this bottling zippy acidity and high amount of Pinot, this should drink well through 2030.  D&M Tasting Notes

 For Vincent Couche, the distance from traditional power centers has been a fount of freedom to make Champagne as he sees fit. Vincent comes from a third generation winemaking family though as you can see from his label, he is more inclined to the Burgundy model where the current proprietor takes the center stage. Vincent took over the domaine in 1999 and began a wholesale restructuring of farming and cellar work. He first began by replanting his vineyard under the direction of terroir specialist Claude Bourguignon. The Couche family owns 32 acres of vines split between two different terroirs: there are 7 acres of Chardonnay vines in Montgueux (with chalky soils similar to Chablis) and 25 acres of mostly Pinot Noir in Buxeuil where the parcels mostly face South and West on steep slopes overlooking the Seine river. The overarching philosophy that Vincent follows is right there on the front label: his is a biodynamic production. This embrace of biodynamics has been there since the start in 1999, but certification takes time, and it wasn’t until 2008 that the domaine and the cellars were certified Biodynamic. In fact, in spite of the extended timeline of the process, Vincent’s cellar and fields in combination were the first to receive Demeter certification in all of Champagne. Simply put, Vincent is obsessed with his vines and the healthy soils they grow in, and is dedicated to making wines in the cellar without any additions. At harvest time Vincent and his family pick the grapes by taste and touch, and generally harvest over a week after his neighbor's in both villages. Because Vincent won’t add sugar to the wines, his grapes need higher sugar levels and higher levels of ripeness than is the norm. In the cool deep cellar wines are fermented and aged in oak and stainless steel without added yeast or nutrients and the wines don’t see any additions. Michael Kennel, D&M


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