Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Champignol-lez-Mondeville, Champagne, France
Tasting Notes: Light on the palate, fleshy, ripe fruit, cherry, blackcurrant, raspberry along with toast and licorice, a limestone-clay mineral backbone and a hint of sea breeze.
Notes: A rare non-sparkling treat from champagne producer R. Dumont et Fils. Pinot Noir picked from their old vine "La Voie Chaney" site.
The Domain: The Champagne house of the Dumont family is situated in Champignol-lez-Mondeville, a village in the southern Champagne region of the Aube, some 90 miles southeast of Reims and Epernay. Characterized by forested hills, streams and vineyards, it is a natural and reflective environment that has attracted people such as Saint Bernard (Clairvaux) and Renoir (Essoyes). The Dumonts have owned vineyards in this area for over two hundred years and today three Dumont brothers work together to produce champagne exclusively from their own 22 hectares. The soils are a geological extension of those in Chablis, namely kimmeridgian chalky clay. The vineyard is planted with 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. Bernard Dumont’s comments are insightful. “We grow grapes on the same soils as the vine growers in the Chablis region. There, they produce white wine from white grapes and here we produce white wine from red grapes.”
The Dumonts farm bio-dynamically and are in conversion to organic certification
When nature gratifies us with a beautiful vintage, we like to sublimate it by the creation of special vintage cuvée. We carry out a rigorous selection of plots and then maturation on slats in cellar extended to 6 years before disgorging.
2010 makes the blend of 65% Pinot Noir from the Enville, Châtelain, Landomont and Lochère fields, and 35% from Chardonnay from the old Chanay vineyards. This rare Champagne is highlighted by a special Cru de France bottle.