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Eric Rodez, Empreinte Noire Ambonnay Grand Cru 2010
France / Sparkling

Eric Rodez, Empreinte Noire Ambonnay Grand Cru 2010

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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:

"One of Eric Rodez's prestige collection of Champagnes that he calls "Empreinte Noire", a blend of Pinot Noir from four parcels-Les Gennettes, Les Beurys, La Goisse, Les Bouités. This bottle is a vintage-dated, monovarietal Champagne from Rodez's best parcels and is made only in the best vintages and is vinified entirely in oak barrels.

The right bottle of Champagne with some age on it is a very wonderful thing indeed. Eric Rodez has graciously crafted this 100% Pinot Noir stunner for us most fortunate wine consumers. Vinified in small oak barrels, with neither malolactic fermentation, cold stabilisation, nor filtration, this wine is designed to highlight the terroir of his land. Rich, full-bodied and displaying as many savory notes as you could possibly think of, this wine should be enjoyed with the slightest of chills, and at table for sure. Red fruits, mushrooms, toast and a hint of tamari."

Montagne de Reims
Pinot Noir
Clay, limestone, chalk
Out of small oak barrels.