Houtrants Complantes Brut nature
9 November 2018
Rosé de Saignée
7 November 2018

CUVÉE :
Champagne Terre 1er Cru – Extra Brut

TERROIR :
Clay and silt with some marl at depth for the Meunier,
very chalky for the Chardonnay.

Average age of the vines: minimum 50 years

BLEND :
2008 vintage
70% Meunier and 30% Chardonnay

DOSAGE REGIME :
2 g/l

FORMATS :
Limited edition of 3750 bottles – special antique bottle

WINEMAKING :

– At harvest only grapes from the oldest plots are selected, redolent of the richest characteristics that typify the Terroir
– During pressing, only “tête de cuvee” juices (finest juices from the first pressing) are selected
– Vinification takes place entirely in oak barrels
– Absence of malolactic fermentation, retaining all the natural acidity of the grape.
– Bottled without filtering
– Second fermentation in the bottle respecting ancient rules, using a cork rather than a metal capsule.
– Bottles aged in our cellar for at least 10 years (rather than the 3 years usually required)
– Bottling run limited to 3570 bottles.

TASTING :

The complex nose lets aromas of red and blackcurrant and cherry burst out, mixed with a delicate and sensual oakiness and underpinned by vanilla, cinnamon and pear. Attractive scents of citrus (lemon, mandarin), peach and roasted apricot close this superb olfactory experience. The attack on the palate is pure and of rare density, punctuated by a savoury minerality. It is then the turn of the Chardonnay to reveal its palette of buttery brioche and toast notes, which slip over into coffee and chocolate. Its smooth and creamy effervescence turn this Champagne into a great wine.

PAIRING :

To enjoy this Champagne at its best we recommend that you decant it about 30 minutes before tasting at 12° C so that the dormant energy preserved during the long years of ageing can express itself fully.
Dyed in the wool champagne lovers will appreciate this Vintage Champagne as an aperitif.
But this great wine can be matched with unusual dishes such as a sea urchin and crab “nage” with saffron, a risotto with truffles and parmesan or a superb piece of lightly grilled beef

WINEMAKING :

– At harvest only grapes from the oldest plots are selected, redolent of the richest characteristics that typify the Terroir
– During pressing, only “tête de cuvee” juices (finest juices from the first pressing) are selected
– Vinification takes place entirely in oak barrels
– Absence of malolactic fermentation, retaining all the natural acidity of the grape.
– Bottled without filtering
– Second fermentation in the bottle respecting ancient rules, using a cork rather than a metal capsule.
– Bottles aged in our cellar for at least 10 years (rather than the 3 years usually required)
– Bottling run limited to 3570 bottles.

TASTING :

The complex nose lets aromas of red and blackcurrant and cherry burst out, mixed with a delicate and sensual oakiness and underpinned by vanilla, cinnamon and pear. Attractive scents of citrus (lemon, mandarin), peach and roasted apricot close this superb olfactory experience. The attack on the palate is pure and of rare density, punctuated by a savoury minerality. It is then the turn of the Chardonnay to reveal its palette of buttery brioche and toast notes, which slip over into coffee and chocolate. Its smooth and creamy effervescence turn this Champagne into a great wine.

PAIRING :

To enjoy this Champagne at its best we recommend that you decant it about 30 minutes before tasting at 12° C so that the dormant energy preserved during the long years of ageing can express itself fully.
Dyed in the wool champagne lovers will appreciate this Vintage Champagne as an aperitif.
But this great wine can be matched with unusual dishes such as a sea urchin and crab “nage” with saffron, a risotto with truffles and parmesan or a superb piece of lightly grilled beef

Champagne Pureté Brut nature

PRESS PREVIEWS

2020 – Guide RVF : 91/100
2020 – Guide Gault Millau : 17/20
Décembre 2020  – Magazine le point : 17.5-18/20
Décembre 2020 – Vinum – Allemagne : 20/20
2018 – Vinum – Allemagne : 20/20
2019
 – Guide RVF : 15.5/20

2018 – Guide Gault Millau : 17/20
2018 – Bettane & Desseauve : 16/20
2018 – Weinwirtschat – Allemagne : 95/100
2018 – Le point – J.Dupont : 15.5/20
2018 – Guide Gault Millau : 15,5/20
2017 – James suckling.com : 96/100
2016 – Magasine le Point : 18/20
2016 – Guide Hachette : Coup de Coeur ***
Guide Revel – Canada : 17/20
Wine advocate – USA : 95/100
Wine spectator – USA : 91/100
Stephen Tanzer’s – USA : 93/100