The grapes undergo a gentle pneumatic pressing, followed by cold settling at 7C. Primary fermentation in temperature controlled tanks between 18-20C. Secondary fermentation in bottle following the traditional Methode Champenoise at 15C. A minimum of 36 months of lees ageing in bottle prior to bottling in April- May.
Conditions of the vintage: the wine year 2006 was the third warmest since 1950, marked in particular by three weeks of heatwave in July. Manual harvest - Traditional Champagne press winemaking: temperature-controlled tanks.
Bottling: In May 2007 and ageing in the cellar.
The vines are pruned during the first fortnight of March using the Royat method. A green harvest or "étulage" takes place at the end of May, to enhance the quality of the grapes. The harvest is by hand.
The Moutard family has been making wine since 1642. Since then they were always keen on exploring the potential of different terroirs, maintaining traditions as well as experimenting with different grapes varieties. Francois Moutard's 21 hectares vineyard are in Buxeuil on the Côte de Bar.
This terroir is unique in Champagne and is very similar to the Chablis soil, with Kimerigien chalk and clay which gives pure and mineral characters to the wines. Pinot Noir develops beautiful characters on this terroir while the Chardonnays are particularly generous in the microclimates around Troyes and les Riceys area, where Moutard is based.
Made from 100% Pinot Noir exclusively from Grand Cru classified villages, this Champagne has a bright golden hue with a delicate mousse. Rich and powerful, with dried fruits and toasty notes on the nose following through on the palate with a lovely elegant, lingering finish.
To accompany fois gras-on-toast canapés on a bed of onion, sweet and savoury dishes such as duck fillet with honey
Bin No.: 0142
Producer: Maison Moutard
Vintage: 2007 Vintage
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir Grape Varieties: exclusively sourced from Grape Varieties: classified Grand Cru villages
Status: Sparkling, Vegetarian, Vegan
Dry/Sweet: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
abv: 12.0% Bottle size: 75cl
Champagne Moutard 2007 Vintage Cellars: £53.50 Enjoy in the restaurant: £69.50