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Charles Dufour, Robert Dufour, Champagne 'Ballad of the Villages' Brut Nature 2004

Charles Dufour, Robert Dufour, Champagne 'Ballad of the Villages' Brut Nature 2004

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This wine is called ‘Robert Dufour’ because it was in fact produced by Charles and his father, Robert, before Charles officially took over the domaine and renamed it. It’s 100% 2004 vintage, with the cuvée name referring to the fruit for the wine taken from each of the four villages where vineyards are held by the family: Landreville, Chervey, Neuville, and Celles-sur-Ource.

Fermentation and aging of the base wine was all in stainless steel tank; tirage was done in early May 2005; and then, in Charles’ words, “This wine stayed on the lees in bottles in the cellar at Rue de la Croix Malot without ever being commercialized. First in, first out. ;) We disgorged 3000 bottles in May 2022 just for the fun of discovering what it’s like.”

As a Brut Nature, the wine has no added sugar and will have a very dry, crisp style. Brut Nature champagnes typically have less than 3 grams per liter of residual sugar.
It is made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc grapes. Pinot Noir can contribute red fruit flavors and structure, while Pinot Blanc adds citrus and mineral notes, hints of butterscotch, toffee, honey, and baked apple.

After the initial fermentation, the wine aged on the lees (yeast sediment) for 18 years before being disgorged in May 2022. Extended lees aging can impart biscuit, brioche, and nutty flavors.

Type: Sparkling
 Charles Dufour
90% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Blanc.
Organic, low sulphur

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