Mouzon Leroux L'ascendant Solera Extra Brut Champagne
Sébastien Mouzon is a dynamic, ninth-generation grower producing exciting and terroir driven wines at his domaine, Mouzon-Leroux. Based in the Grand Cru village of Verzy, Sébastien farms eight hectares of vines spread across 60 separate plots. While much of the vineyard area is planted to Pinot Noir, there are additional small parcels planted to the remaining six varietals legally allowed in Champagne; Chardonnay, Arbane, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier and Petit Meslier. Aiming to bring further translation of site to his wines, Sébastien works with very low yields in his certified organic vineyards, with fermentation and élevage then completed in a mix of steel tanks and older 500L barrels. Sulphur additions are also kept to a minimum.
L'ascendant is a cuvée based on a solera founded with the 2014 L’Atavique, drawn and topped with a 50% ratio each year. It is approximately 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, raised in old oak, before four years on lees and disgorged with extra brut dosage of under 3g/L.
Based in Verzy, a lesser sung parish of Champagne but one where up and coming producers like this can farm their eight hecatres of organic farmed grapes in peace. Low dosage, low sulphur winemaking too. Solera here, but a younger one started in 2014 – this one contains 2017, 2016 and 2014, with 50% taken out each year to make room for current vintage. Matured in oak and on lees for 48 months. Disgorged Jan22.
Complex Champagne, lots of amontillado, Parisian almonds, green cashew and a huge woosh of sea spray. Yes thanks. So saline and briny to taste! Wow. Unreal. Some creamy cashew around that, licks of dried apple, toast, faint honey. Beautiful wine with such incredible energy and zestiness. Stunning wine. Drink 2023 - 2030.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
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