NV Eric Maître Brut 'TRADITION', Champagne, France (750ml)

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A family-owned Champagne house that has been producing Champagne in the village of Cells-sur-Ource since 1860, Éric Maître took over his family estate at the end of the 1980s and launched his eponymous brand in 1995. Today, he is assisted by his wife Daniella and their three sons, whose meticulous farming and winemaking is evident in the clean, pure, focused style of their wines. The vineyard spans a modest 8.65 hectares in the Côte des Bar region of l’Aube—where Pinot Noir is king.

100% sustainably farmed Pinot Noir from 40-year-old vines. Méthode Traditionnelle with minimal use of sulfur. Vinification on the lees with natural and complete malolactic fermentation. Prise de mousse (secondary fermentation) with a dosage of 8 g/L, and 3 years sur latte. This 2022 release is a blend from the 2017 vintage and the two preceding years.

Pale golden hue, with fine perlage. It has a red fruited bouquet, with loads of fresh strawberry and earthy mushroom notes. The palate is complex and structured, with layers of raspberry, strawberry, nectarine, brioche, and chalk. Focused and precise with a persistent finish.

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