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Champagne Etienne Calsac - Champagne Les Revenants 2020

Champagne Etienne Calsac - Champagne Les Revenants 2020

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In 2010, at the age of 26, Etienne decided to take control of his grandparents’ 2.8 hectares of vineyards scattered in and around Avize, which had previously been sold off to the grandes maisons. Stewardship of the terroir is the basis for great Champagne, so Etienne set out to ensure that all the vineyards (all the vines are at least 30 years old) are planted with grass cover crops, plowed (mostly by horse), and farmed following lutte raisonnée methods (they are farming organically since 2013).

Base vintage 2018. 50% Pinot Blanc, 43% Petit Meslier, 7% Arbane. ‘Les Revenants’ is a Champagne ‘a l’ancienne’—in 2010, Calsac planted .3ha of a family vineyard in the Côte de Sezanne to some of the forgotten Champagne varieties: Pinot Blanc for body, Petit Meslier for aromatics, and Arbanne for acidity. The vineyard, called ‘Les Fours,’ is in the town of Montgenost, south-facing, and sits on sandy topsoil with chalk beneath—the combination of sand and chalk allows for earlier ripening, key with a grape like Arbane. All the grapes are picked together on the same day; they are also pressed together all at once. Everything is included at press rather than just the ‘coeur de cuvée’ as in his other wines (this is another older, less common technique making a comeback with some younger winemakers). After pressing, the wine is settled in stainless, then racked off into one 600L barrel. Spontaneous ferment, kept on lees for seven months, then transferred unfiltered into bottle. Bottles are aged under cork rather crown cap, allowing more oxygen into the wine. 24 to 30 months on lees under cork; each bottle is hand-disgorged. Zero dosage.

No more than 1000 bottles produced annually. ‘Revenir’ means ‘to come back.’

Type: Sparkling
Producer:
 Etienne Calsac
Varietal:
Base vintage 2018. 50% Pinot Blanc, 43% Petit Meslier, 7% Arbane.
Country: 
France
Region: 
Champagne
Farming: 
Organic, low sulphur

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