Moutard Cuvee 6 Chepages Champagne
From Francois Moutard
Francois Moutard is a Champagne grower based in Buixeuil in the Champagne region of France. It is there that Francois produces the iconic Moutard Cuvee 6 Chepages Champagne.
This is a Champagne that is unique in the it uses all 6 permitted grape varietals according to the Champagne appelation laws. Most people assume Champagne is only made using the big 3 and most well know variatals of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Muenier.
Francois Moutard has carefully grown the other 3 varietals in his vineyards and masterfully blended them together to produce the Cuvee 6 Chepages.
The other three lesser known varietals used in this remarkable Champagne are Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier and Arbane. Francois has even gone as far as to produce a 100% Arbane Champagne but this is of such small production that you will only really get it if you visit the grower.
The Cuvee 6 Chepages was launched with the 2000 vintage and has continued to grow in popularity and quality with each subsequent vintage. As the demand has risen Mr Moutard has in turn increased the production of grapes, planting more of the strange varietals yet maintaining strict yield controls.
The 2000 vintage had only 4800 bottle made and the 2004 by contrast had 20035 bottles produced. The demand for this beautiful wine has increased year on year as sommeliers and Champagne lovers everywhere want to experience a taste sensation like no other.
Moutard Cuvee 6 Chepages is now also available in Magnum sized bottles as the demand for the best at weddings has increased.
the Moutards have been making wine since 1642. Francois Moutard’s 21-hectare vineyard is situated at the extreme south east of Champagne on the Cote des Bar, the highest region in Champagne. Pinot Noir thrives particularly well on the clay and limestone soils.
This Champagne is hand harvesting was followed by traditional pressing. Alcoholic fermentation took place in oak barrels formerly used to produce Meursault, Chassagne and Puligny Montrachet. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and it has been aged for a minimum of three and a half years
The Vines are between 10 – 20 year old and are pruned during the first fortnight of March using the Chablis method. Vineyards are then ploughed and fertilised during the winter months.
The remarkable flavour of this wine is characterised buy the very steady, fine bubbles which complement the biscuity and citrus fruit flavours in this medium bodied wine. It is truly refined and elegant.
This Champagne is best served chilled, not iced as an aperitif or to accompany seafood and fish dishes.
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