2012 Doyard Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut

$130

Ships today if ordered within 7 hrs 53 mins

100% Chardonnay from all Grand Cru vineyards in the Cotes de Blanc.

This Grand Cru Champagne is elegant and structured with notes of almond skins, warm brioche, citrus blossom, lemon curd, and chalk. Bold and racy, the bubbles dance on your palate.

Practicing Organic Viticulture.

Dress up and have yourself a night with this bottle of bubbles and some oysters or caviar. FANCY!

    Pairs with
    2012
  • RP 94

In Stock At our temperature controlled facility in Costa Mesa, CA

Free Ground Shipping with 6 or more bottles in your cart

Chardonnay

As one of the most popular grapes for growing and consuming, Chardonnay can be made in a wide range of styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. These styles can vary from a sparkling Blanc de Blanc, or fresh fermented in stainless steel, to rich and creamy white wine aged in oak barrels. While Chardonnay can flourish in many environments, in its homeland of Burgundy it can produce some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. Whereas from California it can produce both oaky, buttery styles as well as leaner, European-inspired wines. A Somm secret: the Burguny subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style with high levels of acidity. Most people who do not like oaky/buttery Chardonnay may likely enjoy Chablis.

Notable regions for this grape include Burgundy (and Chablis) in France, Central Coast, Napa, and Sonoma in CA, and Western Australia.

When pairing with meals, consider the characteristics, flavors, and acidity of your food first. You always want to try to match the same characteristics and intensities with your wine. No brainer pairing options include seafood, salads, and white meat. Chardonnay, with its vast versatility, is everyone’s best friend.

Champagne, France

Champagne, the place where their reputation is as respected as their wines. This prestigious region is home to some of the most premium sparkling wines in the world. Champagne is a province located in the northeast of France, just a few hours from the big city of Paris. Due to having a cool and continental climate, frost can be one of the biggest challenges here. To minimize frost, you’ll find that the vineyards are planted on slopes and have well-draining chalk soil. Within the region, there is only one appellation, Champagne AC. Although, there are 5 main sub-regions: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar, and many premier cru and grand cru villages. Champagne producers are known to be committed to sustainable agriculture lessening the using of many fertilizers and pesticides. Fun fact: You’ll often hear many people call sparkling wine from other regions, Champagne, but the term Champagne can solely be used if the wine comes from this region only.

There are three main grape varietals used in winemaking: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These grapes are used to make wine in the traditional method, meaning they will undergo a second fermentation in the bottle to be later sold. It is a technique often used for premium sparkling wines, but can be costly (for consumers as well) and time-consuming. Champagne can come in a range of quality levels and style all varying flavors, sweetness, and levels of aging. Brut (dry) Champagne is by far the most popular. Non-vintage wines, using wine from different years, can be lighter in body with more fresh fruit flavors than those of specific vintage wines. Vintage wines are likely to be from the best growing years and parcels of grapes, but not always! Keep your eyes peeled for the increasing trend of Brut Nature Champagne, this means no added sugar and is the driest style of Champagne. 

“This Vertus domaine numbers among my favorite addresses on the Côte de Blancs, and the Doyard family’s vinous, incisive Champagnes deserve a place in any well-stocked cellar. Deep, concentrated and characterful, everything that bears the Doyard label is well worth serious attention.”

-William Kelley, Wine Advocate

The Doyard family traces their roots in Champagne back to the 17th century. Maurice Doyard, was the first in the family to make wine in Vertus, officially signifying the domaine’s foundation. In 1979, Yannick Doyard took over the domaine, turning it into a beacon for precise, mineral-etched Champagne. Today, Yannick’s son Guillaume is at the helm, farming 10 ha of vineyards in Vertus and the Grand Cru villages of Le Mesnil, Cramant, Oger, Avize and Aÿ. The viticultural philosophy employed by the domaine is a ‘non-dogmatic’ approach to biodynamic farming with absolutely no herbicides or pesticides used. Most of the vineyards are worked by horse and yields are intentionally kept low, adding to the focused intensity that defines the house style. In the cellar, state of the art double banked Coquard PAI presses are employed and every parcel is vinified separately. All of the wines undergo very long lees aging — a minimum of 48 months on all cuvées, lending a vinous quality to the wines that have become the envy of Vertus. Every single decision made in the vineyard and cellar are geared toward making the most expressive, terroir focused Champagne possible.

Updating…
  • No products in the cart.
Save & Share Cart
Your Shopping Cart will be saved and you'll be given a link. You, or anyone with the link, can use it to retrieve your Cart at any time.
Back Save & Share Cart
Your Shopping Cart will be saved with Product pictures and information, and Cart Totals. Then send it to yourself, or a friend, with a link to retrieve it at any time.
Your cart email sent successfully :)