Notes from Eric Rodez:
"For the last three centuries, the Champagne soil has shaped our family from generation upon generation. At times we were masons, at others carpenters – woodworkers, but from an early age we attached ourselves to the vines. These vines which provided Ambonnay with its precious nectar for almost a thousand years have signed their presence in all of the grand historical symbols of our country side.
At that time Champagne’s country side was ruthless in the sense that only the greatest of terroirs could hope to trade their wines in the market places. Of this time remains our village’s architectural footprint, a small town gathered together around small streets lined by the walls of wine properties.
Random walks and porches left ajar show us several often hidden square courtyards where the weight of the past still endures."
Addional notes from Astor Wines:
"Voluptuous, opulent and a little austere, Eric Rodez's "Cuvée des Crayères" is an elegant sparkler for those looking for a more densely packed Champagne. In the heart of the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, Rodez works primarily with Pinot Noir and some Chardonnay. He uses practices taken with him from former oenology work with Krug, plus some organic practices in farming and vinification in order to fully represent the grand terroir in his wines. This specific blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay is vinified in small oak barrels, providing richness, weight, and structure. Orange blossoms, crisp red apples, a touch of toasty oak, and lithe minerality with bright acid make this a pleasure to drink, so be generous with your pours, it's just that good."