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Moutard Pere et Fils

Moutard Pere et Fils 'Cepage Arbane' Vieilles Vignes Brut Champagne 2010


Country: France

Region: Champagne

Type: Champagne

Grape: Arbane 

The families of Champagne Moutard Diligent have been living in the village of Buxeuil since the mid-17th century, and have a long tradition of both grape growing and wine production. Located in the Côte des Bar, the warmest sub-region of Champagne, the clay-limestone soils are streaked with kimmeridgian bands. This unique combination lends itself to rich, fruity Champagnes with a different minerality than those made from the chalkier subsoils of the Marne in the north. While they are technically registered as a negotiant, 85% of Moutard's production is from their estate vineyards (15% purchased fruit from neighboring growers).The wines are crowd-pleasing, consisent, and among the greatest values in the region.

Arbane is an ancient variety, long cultivated in Champagne, especially in the Aube region, which lies to the south of the best-known vineyards around Reims and Épernay. It also goes by the name of Arbanne, Albane and a handful of other close variants, and the name itself is probably derived from albana, a Medieval Latin word meaning white. The variety is super-rare, with less than a hectare currently planted in all of France.

This Champagne is lean and citrusy, with bright acidity on the front palate, increasing in volume and texture through the middle. At the same time creamy, with peppery, leafy fruit and an unusual, full, rich finish, with a steely note.

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