Type: Sparkling, Champagne
Grape Varieties: 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier and 50% Chardonnay (25% exclusively from Grand Cru and Premier Cru Vineyards)
Ratings: 92 Wine Spectator, 90 William Kelley - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Ageing: Aged for a minimum of five years before disgorgement. It's a pure 2014 without any reserved wines.
Tasting Nose: Barnyard, cherry, plum, game, tomato, flower, pear, apple, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla
Palate: A nose of smoked almond and saline transitions on the creamy palate to flavours of white cherry, preserved lemon and clover honey in this grateful Champagne. A bright backbone of acidity and a note of chalky minerality drives the finish.
About the Winery:
Laurence Plovez is a third-generation winemaker at her family's estate, established in 1930. Ployez-Jacquemart owns 2.15 hectares of Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in Ludes and Mailly-Champagne in the Montagne de Reims, known for its classic chalk slopes; in addition, Laurence purchases Premier Cru and Grand Cry grapes from 12 hectares of vineyards from growers that the family has worked with for over 20 years. All of the work in the vineyards is done by hand, from the beginning of the growing season until the grapes are harvested.
Unlike most producers in Champagne, she strives to keep the characteristic of each vintage even in her NV blends and only uses a very small amount of reserve wine, if any at all. Only first press juice goes into the Ployez-Jacquemart wines. Light filtration is used for wines produced in vats, but no filtration is used on wines aged in wooden barrels. The wines undergo a very slow bottle fermentation in a 25-meter-deep cellar, giving them extremely fine bubbles.
Wines are aged nose-to-punt, or sur pointe, in lieu of being aged on their side; ageing sur pointe provides the anti-oxidative and ageing benefits of the lees while not allowing the wines to become too rich from the lees contact. When the wines are ready to be disgorged, after up to 12 years in the cellar, only a very minimal dosage is added, typically 3-4 grams per litre. Ployez-Jacquemart's goal is to leave the structure of each wine intact, allowing the true character and personality of the harvest to shine through.