The summer of 2003 was particularly scorching. To preserve the acidity of the fruit, grapes were harvested at the crack of dawn, hence the name of this wine: La Matinale (= early). It has the freshness of the early morning. Non-dosed.
Harvest: August 2003
Grapes: 28% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 27% Pinot Meunier
Terroir: Marne Valley, chalk and limestone soil. Average age of vines: 45 years.
Vinification: Spontaneous (no yeast added) first fermentation in oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation.
Bottling: May 2004
Disgorging: October 2015
Dosage: 0 g/L - Brut Nature
Food & wine:
Revue du Vin de France Guide : 15,5 /20
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