Champagne Vadin-Plateau - 'Ovalie' Premier Cru 2012
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Okay, this one is a rare one. It's 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay, but the fruit from this hard-to-secure bottling by Yann is sourced half from ‘Bois des Jots’ and half from ‘Chêne la Butte’. But from the 2012 vintage.
All of the vinification occurs in concrete eggs (which we are totally in love with - the texture is incredible), and it’s rested for 4 years on yeasts under cork. Once again, there’s no dosage deemed necessary for this wine in order to showcase its purity. Only 504 bottles made each year, and each one is utterly sublime.
Annual Production: 504 btls
Blend: 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay
Terroir: Limestone soil
Disgorgement Date: November 2019
Dosage: 0 g/l
Drinking Window: 2019-2030
Yann Vadin’s family have owned their estate since 1785, with vineyards spanning seven hectares across seven Premier and Grand Cru villages in the Vallee de la Marne. The winery specialises in Blanc de Noir wines, although there’s a small portion of Chardonnay. The majority of the wines are 40-years-old, although many are over 70-years-old.
With such excellent fruit to work with, Yann keeps things clean, with low intervention of course in the vineyards, but also in the cellar. Almost all his wines are bottled with no dosage, and Yann has converted the entire winery since 2012 to biodynamic and organic viticulture, attaining certification in 2017. In particular, since 2011 he’s been using concrete eggs for fermentation, which we’ve seen with amazing results for texture on some of our other wineries.
We’ve always loved wines from Cumières, and couldn’t be happier to work with such a promising and young winemaker.