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Mouzon Leroux "L'Ineffable" Champagne Blanc de Noir '12


Mouzon Leroux "L'Ineffable" Champagne Blanc de Noir '12

Sébastien Mouzon is from Verzenay in Montagne de Reims. Sébastien started as the 9th generation of the family to grow grapes in this village and officially took over in 2008, though his first vintage was 2009.

The estate is just over 7 hectares, almost all in Verzy, split over 50 different plots. Almost 60% of the vineyards are planted to Pinot Noir, while Chardonnay makes up just under 40% with 4% Arbanne, Petet Meslier, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. His winery is certified organic, and he also practices biodynamic methods.

Fermentations are now done pied de cuve – collecting a small preharvest, fermenting that small amount of wine naturally, as a “starter” for inoculating the different tanks with the indigenous yeast. Sébastien preharvests 20 berries from each vine for this; the thinking goes that the individual yeast strains will recognize each other in each parcel.

Fermentation and elevage is done in a mix of steel tanks and 500-liter, 4 to 5-year-old Jadot barrels, the only estate in Burgundy that has their own tonnellerie. During fermentation, malolactic fermentation always occurs. In addition no filtration takes place. Second fermentation is started with Quartz yeast from Fleury.

This is the Blanc de Noirs from the 2012 vintage; all Pinot Noir - 55% in used French oak, 45% in stainless steel, 100% PN, 100% Verzy, 60 months on the lees. En tirage went for for 60 months. Zero dosage is added. The aroma is pure Montagne Pinot! It’s an exhale of red fruit and earth. There is a complex mid palette here, intertwining a woods-y, smoke-y character with a bright bend of fruit giving structure and harmony to the wine.




Producer Mouzon Leroux
Vintage 2012
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Pinot Noir


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