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Camille Saves, 'Carte Blanche' Premier Cru Brut NV
France / Sparkling

Camille Saves, 'Carte Blanche' Premier Cru Brut NV

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Champagne Camille Savès was established in the 1894 by Eugène Savès, an early proponent of making and selling his own wine.  The Domaine has since been passed down generationally, and is now headed by Hervé Savès. At 10 total hectares, the Domaine is comprised of only Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards.

Hervé does not use herbicides or pesticides in his vineyards and follows certified organic and biodynamic practices. Vineyard management is meticulous with yield control, de-budding and sorting.

Except for the Bouzy rouge and the cuvee Anaïs (which are vinified in oak) the wines are vinified in enamel tanks. Malolactic fermentations are systematically blocked. Each wine is left on the lees for 36 to 60 months prior to disgorgement. The dosages at Savès vary from 4 to 9 g/l. They are done with traditional liqueur. After disgorgement, the wines rest another six months before they are released.

Carte Blanche is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir/25% Chardonnay, nearly a 50/50 blend of the 2012 and 2011 harvests. This is a classically-framed, grower champagne that serves as a wonderful introduction to Saves' wines. 

Vallée de la Marne
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Lutte Raisonée
Clay, chalk
Fermented in stainless steel and wood barrels, aged 3 years sur latte, bottled as Brut with a dosage of 9g/L.