Late blooming Pinot Meunier is the most frequently planted grape in the Marne, so the fact that David Léclapart has got Chardonnay growing in the frost prone village of Trépail is very interesting.
That he is a fervent devotee of biodynamism in this region that is so prone to wet and cold weather makes it even more so.
This wine, L’Amateur is made with native yeasts in enameled-steel tanks instead of the usual stainless steel, he uses the bare minimum of sulphites and after dosage, the last step before final corking, he doesn’t add any liqueur de dosage to the wine. This pas dosé style literally means there is pretty close to no sugar in the wine. So, at less than 3 grams of sugar per litre, it’s sharp, perky, and electric!
Pale gold with all-over, delicate bubble, the nose is dry with Gala apple, tart lemon and French bread aromas.
The palate is super dry with racy acidity. Tart lemon and yellow grapefruit with yeast dominate with an expressive layering of quince, ginger and hazelnut.
This Champagne is all edges, nervy and punk rock cool – WSET Very Good plus.
Love his wines but can only find it in limited quantities in Ontario. Did you find it in Victoria?
Unfortunately no but it was purchased via Garagiste.com out of Seattle and brought across the border. Hard to find, but worth it for sure!