Incredibly bright and youthful despite its age. This 1995 was bottled in April 1996 and disgorged nearly 17 years later in February 2013, with 7g/l of sugar left in the final blend. From the same old vines as the Mesnil 2004 but with no malolactic fermentation and a little less oak ageing, one third. A brilliant mid lemon gold colour, some rich toast, brioche, almond and dried fruit character together with very youthful fresh lemon and lemon peel flavours mixted with touches of sherbert and a firm, clear steely finish. A superb wine that mixes youthful energy and complex maturity.
Pascal Doquet established his own estate in 2004, but prior to that had been making wine under his parents’ label, Doquet-Jeanmaire, since 1982. Mesnil vines have been in the family since his maternal grandfather started making wine in the 1930s. Pascal took charge of Doquet-Jeanmaire in 1995 and made the wines until 2003, when the estate was divided among several siblings upon their parents’ retirement. Doquet established his own estate and today farms 8 hectares of vines. These are situated predominantly in Mesnil, Vertus and Bergers and age between 37 – 77 years old. Pascal is a vineyard man through and through - his viticultural methods are 100% organic whilst the other distinguishing feature of his philosophy is to harvest grapes as ripe as possible. Nothing is ever harvested at less than 10.5 degrees of potential alcohol, very high for champagne – so there is never any need for chaptalisation. The winemaking is very natural and non-interventionist, only wild yeasts are used for fermentations and bottling takes places with the lightest of filtrations and no fining. Wines undergo their malolactic fermentation in tank and then remain sur lie for 5 months, with approximately one third of the production being aged in used oak barrels before secondary fermentation in bottle. These are thrillingly individual intense and powerful Champagnes. The range is large and site specific, each cuvee vividly expressing its own unique and distinct character.
Champagne is the world's original and most famous region for the production of sparkling wine. A range of styles are produced from the Non-Vintage, through Rose, Vintage and more recently a host of prestige, Vintage luxury cuvees. The three permitted grape varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.