This special tasting pack showcases the award winning L'Atavique' alongside L'Ascendent. The battle of champions. L'Atavique was 'La Revue des Vins de France' top pick for 2017 while L'Ascendant was my personal pick for wine of the year. Which gets your vote?
4 x Mouzon-Leroux L'Atavique Grand Cru Extra Brut NV
L’Atavique received the coveted ‘Coup de Couer’ award as one of the wines of the year for the prestigious ‘La Revue des Vins de France’ Guide Vert 2018! All fruit sourced from their biodynamic vineyards in the Grand Cru of Verzy. A blend of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay of which 25% has been vinified in oak . (80% 2013 base wine, with 20% reserves from 2012-2011) Dosage 3g/litre Lifted aromatics of red fruits, woodsmoke, brioche and spice. The palate is creamily textured, dry yet perfectly balanced, showing a super fine, integrated bead from the slow primary fermentation. The finish is long, complex and possesses a core of minerality. The Montagne des Reims is renowned for the high quality of the Pinot Noir grown throughout. The Grand Cru village of Verzy is unique whereby Pinot Noir is predominant towards the west of the village while to the east, outstanding Chardonnay is also produced. This allows the wines of Verzy to possess signature characters of finesse, balance and richness. This is wonderful introduction to the wines of Mouzon-Leroux. Natural fermentation using indigenous yeasts, malolactic fermentation allowed to limit the use of sulphur, no filtration or fining.
2 x Mouzon-Leroux L'Ascendent Solera Grand Cru Extra Brut MV
The ‘Solera’ system is a perpetual blend where a certain amount is drawn off each year (this instance 50%) and then replaced by the current vintage to refresh. This allows the complexity of aged material to then be refreshed and balanced by the current release. L’Ascendant began with the 2010 release of L’Atavique and has continually evolved since then. If this is the early stages, it is hard to envisage just how amazing this release will become. The Solera system is traditionally used in Spain for the production of the finest sherries, but some of Champagne’s best exponents such as Selosse, Pouillon and Michel have utilised the practice for their most famous cuvée’s. Quite simply, it is an absolute pleasure to be able to offer Mouzon’s l’Ascendant for the first time! This was the wine that turned my head and gave me the most pleasure for 2017. A complex, multi-layered tour de force delivering on every sensory level. The smile on my face from every sip and taste could not be removed. Wine can be a very personal experience and this was my highlight of the year. I was unable to receive an allocation previously as it had all been pre-sold (like all of Mouzon’s wines), now I can’t wait to share this with others. Terroir-driven perfection! All fruit sourced from their biodynamic vineyards in the Grand Cru of Verzy. A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay of which 100% has been vinified in oak barrels. (50% L’Atavique 2013 base wine and 50% L’Atavique 2012/2011/2010) Dosage 3g/litre.
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