CHAMPAGNE EXTRA-BRUT NATURE GRAND CRU – André Roger
WINERY: Champagne Andrè Roger
PLACE OF ORIGIN: France – Champagne
GRAPE VARIETIES: 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay
ALCOHOL: 13% Vol
IDEAL SERVICE TEMPERATURE: 8° – 10°
GIUSEPPE’S RATING: 96/100
MATCH: Aperitif, Appetizers, Fried, Light Second Course with Fish and Vegetables
PACK OF: 1 Bottle
SIZE: 0,75 l
Aÿ is located in the Grande Vallée de la Marne, on white chalk soil with belemnite fossils, or on calcareous and sedimentary soils. Most of our vineyards are listed as Grand Cru 100%. Its total area is 5.5 hectares (14 acres), spread over 19 plots; their ages range from 10 to 45 years. The vineyards are planted with Pinot Noir for 4.6 hectares (11.5 acres) and with Chardonnay for 0.9 hectares (2.25 acres). The average yields depend on the varietals, the plots and the years, between 45 and 65 hectolitres per hectare.
To work on the vines and the wines, we have remained faithful to traditions and the experience of our ancestors, while using modern techniques to improve quality. In the vineyards, we pay great care to our soils; in several plots, grass is grown between the rows, we are progressively stopping the use of chemical weed killers and are taking part in the water network project. Thanks to our family experience, we can reach the targets of a sustainable viticulture, enabling the soils to fully express their potential. Following the advice from our oenologist, one third of the wines are matured on their lees on oak casks. We don’t trigger malolactic fermentations for vintage and special wines, for a better ageing potential and to obtain fresher and fruitier wines. Each of our Champagnes is the product of a specific vinification expressing the typical character of the wines of Aÿ.