Champagne Robert Moncuit Current Releases
Brut Blanc de Blancs NV
Robert Moncuit's NV Blanc de Blancs is sourced from parcels of Chardonnay located in the villages of Mesnil and Oger. It is around 80% of its base vintage and 20% reserve wine from the preceding vintage.
Winemaker, Pierre Amillet's vinification style is consistent across all of his wines. He uses a combination of neutral oak and stainless steel in order to preserve the minerality and focus that Chardonnay grown in chalk can have. Around 80% of this release’s base vintage was raised in used oak while only 20% of reserve wine was. The dosage is 5 grams per liter.
Reserve Perpetuelle Blanc de Blancs Extra NV
Robert Moncuit's Reserve Perpetuelle is a blend of reserve wines from various vintages, each of which is kept in tank separately before they are blended. The current release spans six different vintages, 2006 - 2012, and the dosage is 2 grams per liter. It is the same wine that the domaine used to just call Blanc de Blancs Extra NV.
The Millesime is made from all of the domaine’s oldest Chardonnay vines from Mesnil, excluding the Chetillons parcels.
The domaine currently has a 1.5 hectare parcel in Oger, Mesnil's neighboring village to the north. 66 ares of the 1.5 hectares are in the climat of "Les Vozemieux". (1 are is 1/100th of a hectare, so 66 ares is 0.66 hectare.) The vines in Les Vozemiux were planted in 1955.
2010 was the first vintage of Les Vozemieux. Pierre decided to vinify this climat separately because he wanted to see what difference, if any, there would be between his parcel of Chetillons in Mesnil and Les Vozemieux in Oger.
Vinfication of Les Vozemieux is the same as Les Chetillons:
Both are fermented in barrel.
Malo is done
Both are in wood until the summer after harvest.
The wine is bottled the summer after harvest and aged on cork.
No chapitalization or filtration.
The wine is Extra Brut and close to being zero dosage.
If you taste Chetillons next to Vozemieux. Vozemieux is more open, rounder, and more forward. Chetillons is leaner and the more direct of the two. The only difference between Chetillons and Vozemieux is soil and terroir. Even the age of the vines is similar. Vozeumeix's exposition is due north so it matures later then Chetillons. Chetillons is southeast facing. The two parcels are only 500 meters apart. (So about a third of a mile.)
- Pierre Amillet
Les Chetillons Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
The first vintage of Chetillons produced by Champagne Robert Moncuit was from the 2008 vintage. Les Chetillons, made famous by Champagne Pierre Peters, is a vineyard we have long admired. It encapsulates the heights that Chardonnay can reach in the Côte des Blancs. Robert Moncuit's Les Chetillons comes from a two hectare parcel planted in 1956 in the village of Mesnil.
It is fermented in tonneaux and left in barrel until the April after harvest. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. It is bottled the July after harvest and is aged on cork before being disgorged. The wine is not chaptalized or filtered and is zero dosage.