Champagne Doyard started to produce its own champagne in 1927 whereas they have been a winegrower family for 12 generations. The domain, that is today run by Yannick Doyard and his son Charles, is located on the best terroir of Côtes des blancs with plots in Vertus, Mesnisl-sur-Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant. It owns also 1ha parcel in the best location of Ay where it grows pinot noir. The domain is highly focused on quality keeping the best juice (only 1st press) and selling the remaining to the big champagne brands. Even though not organic certified, viticulture uses no herbicide or pesticide and some principles of biodynamic regime are followed. Finally, Doyard who vinifies its wines in stainless vats and oak barels always leave the time to the wines to age a minimum of 4 years. As a result, Doyard champagnes are some of the best wines of this region.
|Region||Côtes des Blancs|
|Nb. of bottles||50 000|
|Grappes||91% Chardonnay - 9% Pinot noir|
|Average age of vines||42 years|
|Organic||Non certified organic|
Acquired in 1885, this family house located in the Côte des Blancs grows 8 hectares including 4 hectares in the Grand Crus of Cramant, Chouilly and Oiry. The philosophy : Let human hands be as gentle as possible in order to express all potential brought together by this exceptional chalky terroir, chardonnay grapes and old vines. First and foremost respectful of nature’s gifts, Richard Fouquet has been making neat wines since 1996. The focus is on top quality as only the best grappes are used to produce their champagne while the remaining is sold to the big champagne producers.
|Region||Côte des Blancs|
|Nb. of bottles||25 000|
|Organic||Sustainable growing methods|
|Grapes||80% chardonnay - 20% pinot meunier|
Representing the fourth generation, Gilles Lancelot is a trained oenologist, who farms a fairly modest eight hectares, half of which are in Cramant itself, the other half in the Vallée de la Marne, the latter an excellent source for Pinot Meunier, which pays a key role in the Cuvée Tradition. The house philosophy, apart from the somewhat inevitable borrowing from Arthurian legend in the naming of its wines, favors relatively late picking, low dosage and several interesting innovations, such as the use of a Solera in its wines. Whilst, somewhat unsurprisingly, there is a focus on Grand Cru and high quality Chardonnay in the range, Pinot Noir is far from forgotten, making up half the blend in the Cuvée Perceval, which underlines both the skill and the versatility of this exemplary house.
|Region||Côte des blancs|
|Nb. of bottles||70 000|
|Organic||Sustainable growing methods|
|Grapes||18% Pinot Noir - 41% Pinot Meunier - 42% Chardonnay|
Cuvée Vendémiaire is a blanc de blanc (100% chardonnay) made from Vertus, Mesnil sur Oger, Oger and Cramant. Vinified for 40% in barrel it shows strong character and complexity. It has a lovely structure with fine texture to the bubbles and a long, brioche finish. It is one of Champagne’s highest quality wines with astonishing finesse and interest.... Cuvée Vendémiaire is a blanc de blanc...
The Clos de l’Abbaye is a single vineyard of an half-hectare against the estate and was planted in 1956 in Chardonnay. The Clos is worked using environment friendly approach and produce very low yields (30/40hl). The warmer micro climat produced grapes of exceptional maturity and character. The unique location on a chalky soil gives an atypical taste to... The Clos de l’Abbaye is a single...
This cuvée is mostly made of the oldest and best vines located in grand cru villages of Mesnil sur Oger, Avize and Cramant. It is produced using only the first pressing (cuvée) and 100% vinified in barrels without malolactic fermentation. It has a pure and vibrant expression with a long a fresh finish. This exceptional champagne is produced only at 3,000... This cuvée is mostly made of the...
The cuvee « La Libertine » is the conclusion of a ten-year research. The aim was to obtain the same gustative characteristics of the first sparkling wines in the XVIII Century. At this time, the Champagne got between 50 to 200 gramms of sugar. For the “Libertine”, Doyard stopped its sugar level at 65 gramms per liter. The challenge was therefore to have a... The cuvee « La Libertine » is the...
The Tradition Cuvée is a rich but also fresh champagne. While the first approach in the mouth is silky, the mineral notes gives matter to the wine. The final is powerful, saline with blackberries and spices hints. This is a high quality champagne at an accessible price. 1-Dry ----3------------ Sweet-10 1-Light ------5-------- Strong-10 The Tradition Cuvée is a rich but...
A golden colour due to its mostly Pinot Meunier blend. The nose is balanced and enticing, with a fine aromatic complexity of fresh fruit. Pear and vineyard peach, easy and generous on the palate with a « classic » side. The idea one may have of champagne.... 1-Dry ----3------------ Sweet-10 1-Light ------5-------- Strong-10 A golden colour due to its mostly...
The Cuvée de la Table Ronde is made exclusively with Chardonnay grapes from our vines specially selected among our Grands Crus cuvées on the Côte des Blancs (Cramant, Avize, Chouilly). With the winemaking being conducted in vats so as to obtain the « high definition » character of the Côte des Blancs, it brings forth our terroirs identity and offer wine... The Cuvée de la Table Ronde is made...
This cuvée is made of chardonnay from selected old vines from one of our Côte des Blancs grand crus in Cramant. The chalky soil produces great quality grapes. Color is brilliant pale gold with plentiful fine bubbles catching the eye before tasting. The nose is pure and mineral, free of tricks, with a chalky-creamy side unique to Cramant, whose terroir... This cuvée is made of chardonnay from...
It is a unique champagne. Neither a Rosé or white champagne. It finds its roots in the wine produced during the 18th century, before decoloration was possible. The color is therefore the result of the slow pressing process of the pinot noir. It is an authentic champagne combining freshness with elegance, vinosity and a long finish. The pinot noir of Ay... It is a unique champagne. Neither a...
The cuvée Pétale de Rose displays a soft pink robe studded with fine and lively bubbles. Aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant and vine peach mingle with more mineral, acidulous and mouth-watering notes.The palate of this rosé Pétale de Rose is fluid, light, and lustrous, with agreeably fresh notes of crisp fresh fruits. Reference:Bettane et Desseauve:... The cuvée Pétale de Rose displays a...