2014 was a year of extremes and many surprises that kept our team busy and focused intently on producing the best fruit possible. The winter was quite mild and rainy, adding a much-needed water supply to the soil. This led to a fantastic spring that was warm, dry and sunny which led to a very early bud break. These conditions always make our team nervous as early bud break could be susceptible to frost; however, this did not occur in 2014, much to our relief. The summer in 2014 was particularly rainy. Considering the wet weather, grape soundness was satisfactory, notably with very low levels of grey rot, and no powdery or downy mildew on the clusters. Harvest began in mid-September, with fast picking and strict sorting yielding surprisingly large clusters of incredibly aromatic grapes with brightness and high acidity – great signs for long aging.
We produce both of our 1522 in a similar way – with a portion of the wine vinified in wooden barrels without malolactic fermentation. The dosage on this wine was 4.25 g/L, classified as Extra-Brut. This low dosage keeps the wine as fresh as possible, highlighting the intense minerality of the soils of Aÿ and the integrated fruit profile. The wine is aged on lees for at least six years before disgorgement, adding fantastic depth and character that provides roundness and richness.
Tasting Note: Light golden in color with notes of starbright shine. The 2014 vintage provides an incredibly fresh, expressive nose with aromas of almond and pear. The finish is spicy with notes of pepper and chartreuse. On the mouth, you continue to experience the freshness and purity, with the spicy notes typical of the terroir of Aÿ. The finish is long, with toasted, green tea notes. This wine is a superb accompaniment to seafood, matching with poached or grilled fish due to the very dry character of this Extra-Brut cuvée. An even bolder match can be made with caviar or very spicy dishes such as an Indian tandoori.