Grapes are hand-picked exclusively from Thiénot’s own vineyards in the Montagne de Reims, principally from Aÿ, Mailly-Champagne, and Avenay-Val-d’Or. The average age of the vines is 30 yrs old. The oldest vineyard is 70 years old.
Clay & limestone
Grapes are pressed in a traditional manually operated vertical wine press and a computer controlled wine press.
Selected yeast is used to start the 10-12 day fermentation - mostly 18-2007 for its regularity, efficiency and ability to finish the alcoholic fermentation; also, has close to no influence on the aromatic style of the wine. 100% of the base wines go through malolactic fermentation. Elevage in stainless steel. The wine is unfined. 100% Pinot Noir. Dosage 9g/l.
Aging on the lees takes place for a minimum of 6 years in the cellar before release. The wine will remain on the lees in bottle until it is disgorged on demand.
Delaware, National, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
The bouquet is vividly intense, exuding notes of stewed yellow fruits, mirabelle plum and cedar. On the palate, the champagne is fresh and generous, revealing a beautifully elegant and subtle wine with magnificent finish.