This 2013 was disgorged in January 2017. 100% Pinot Meunier. Les Vignes d'Autrefois (the vines of another time) is made from a single four-tonne press of grapes from old vines planted between 1947 and 1953 that grow in several chalky terroirs in Chavot and Mancy. The viticulture in these sites is entirely biodynamic. As well as referencing the age of the vines, the name also refers to the fact that these vines are all massale selections (i.e. non-clonal). There is even a soupçon of ungrafted vine material in these vineyards.
Aurélien uses old Burgundy barrels for the aging (including some sourced from Montille and Leroux) and there is no malo. All up the wine is aged for seven months in barrel followed by 30 months on lees in bottle. The very low dosage of 3 g/L allows the iodine minerality of these chalky terroirs to sing through. This is always a great wine yet, again, this is certainly the finest example we have shipped. It offers wonderful balance between intense, fleshy, red jube-like and spicy fruit and salty, racy deliciousness. A magic Meunier.
“Another stellar wine in the range, the 2013 Extra Brut Vignes d'Autrefois is 100% Meunier from parcels planted with a massale selection in 1947 and 1953. The old vines confer remarkable depth, texture and nuance while also preserving a good bit of detail. What a gorgeous wine this is.” 94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
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