Some things are happening in the Aube. The Aube, sometimes called the Côtes des Bar is about a two hours drive south of Épernay, and enjoys a slightly warmer climate than the four contiguous sub-regions of Champagne (The Montagne de Reims, Côtes de Sézanne, Vallée de la Marne & Côtes des Blancs). The soils in the Aube are similar to those in Chablis, a strata package of Kimmeridgian & Portlandian chalks. Historically the Aube and the city of Troyes acted as the capitol of Champagne until the early 1900s. Riots and political upheaval in Champagne saw campaigns to exclude the Aube from the appellation. And thus marginalized, the Aube, and it’s producers faded into obscurity.
Flash forward 100 years and you have a grower champagne revolution on your hands. Some would argue now that the Aube is the most important place for Champagne production, with an emphasis on terroir, minimal intervention, low dosages and single parcel bottlings.
Such is the case with Cédris Bouchard at Roses de Jeanne. He began his label in the early 2000s, with just one bottling of Blanc de Noirs from a single cru called ‘Les Urseles’. Cédric now produces three other estate bottlings based on single crus, including: La Bolorée, a single cru planted with old vines Pinot Blanc and ‘La Haute Lemble’ made from Chardonnay.
These are a must-have for any Champagne afficianado or collector.
2008 Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Noirs ‘Les Ursules’ $93.99
2008 Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Blancs (Chardonnay) ‘La Haut Lemble $126.99
2008 Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Blancs (Pinot Blanc) ‘La Bolorée’ $168.99