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Champagne

Cédric
Bouchard

Some things are happening in the Aube. The Aube, sometimes called the Côtes des Bar is about a two hour 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 dosage and single parcel bottling.

One of the top 5 producers in Champagne today that fits into those categories is Cédric Bouchard. I don’t think there are many winemakers in the world more meticulous. His idea is simple: one grape, one terroir, one vintage. That is what Cédric does. Fermented in stainless steel, always with indigenous yeast, no fining, no dosage, just pure expressions of place. These Champagne are slow to unwind, they deserve a rest in the cellar to express their true beauty.

If anyone believes that Champagne from the Aube can’t be as good as one from Le Mesnil, Ambonnay or any other village in the heart of Champagne, then they haven’t tried Cédric Bouchard. With only around 15,000 bottles produced per year, these are allocated in bottles, not cases.

Such is the case with Roses de Jeanne. Cédric began this label in the early 2000s, with just one bottling of Blanc de Noirs from a single cru called ‘Les Urseles’. He now produces three other estate bottlings based on single crus, including: La Bolorée, a single cru planted with old vine Pinot Blanc and ‘La Haute Lemble’ made from Chardonnay.

These are a must-have for any Champagne afficianado or collector.

Geography

In-Store Pickup

To pick up your order, visit us at our Near North location. Due to our limited storage space, orders can only be held in the store for up to 30 days after purchase. If items are not picked up after 30 days, a $10 monthly item storage fee will be charged. Any orders of 2 cases or more will be charged per case. 

Near North

Mon–Fri Noon–8 / Sat 11–7
Closed on Sunday

1167 N Howe Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312.255.8990
orders@permanwine.com

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