Pascal Doquet - 1er Cru 'Le Mont Aimé' Brut Blanc de Blancs 2005
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At 11 years of age, this Blanc de Blancs by Pascal is just beginning to enter maturity. It's an astounding testament to not only the work he puts in to producing the finest fruit possible, but also his efforts in making sure the wine reaches the consumer at the appropriate time.
Instead of releasing it young with tons of sugar, he only puts in 4.5 g/l of dosage, allowing the pear, ginger, and mineral notes of the Chardonnay to come through. It's aged 40% in older oak barrels, and there's a richness from that this benefits from tremendously. The extensive ageing also helps soften the oak influence, and this will surely continue to age well.
The fruit from here is selected from vineyards to the very south of the Cote des Blanc, and was fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in tanks for 6 months, including 3 months sur-lies.
Annual Production: N/A
Blend: 100% Chardonnay,
Terroir: Clay and chalk
Viticulture: Certified organic by AB (2010)
Winemaking: Aged in tanks for 6 months, including 3 months sur-lies; then 40% in oak
Disgorgement Date: October 9, 2012
Dosage: 4.5 g/l
Drinking Window: 2016-2030+
92 Points Vinous
"Light gold. A deeply pitched, mineral-accented bouquet displays ripe citrus fruits, pear skin, camomile and iodine, plus a hint of candied ginger. Broad and chewy, offering powerful citrus pith and mineral flavors, with deeper notes of white peach and fig emerging on the back half. Finishes incisive and gently spicy, with lingering mineral and smoke notes and a touch of truffle. Forty percent of this wine was fermented in older oak barrels. Disgorged October 9, 2012." (Dec 2014)
Pascal Doquet first began making wine in 1982, alongside his father Michel at the family domain of Doquet-Jeanmare from 1995 and 2003. He became convinced that sustainable agriculture was the way to improve his wines, and in 2001 stopped using chemical herbicides. However he wasn't able to widely implement his ideas since the winery was owned between his sisters as well, so in 2004 he bought them out and began the conversion to full organic agriculture.
In 2007 he finally started seeing progress from his work in better farming, and everything since the 2010 harvest has been certified organic. His wines become extraordinary with age,