Cédric Moussé


Cédric Moussé Terre d'Illitte '15 | Blanc de Noirs |Vintage |2015

Cédric Moussé

Cédric Moussé Terre d'Illitte '15 | Blanc de Noirs

Vintage 2015

$98.95

- Sustainable and organic approach to the vineyard and winemaking

- High quality producer making 'terroir-driven' champagne

- Great with a variety of foods that are richer and earthier in flavours like mushroom and truffle

This is saline in style with a plush texture and generous mouthfeel. Green plums, pear and wheat with a smokey edge to it although no barrel. Cuvée Terre d’Illite 2015 from Cedric Moussé is a champagne essentially a Blanc de Noirs, with the blend being Meunier and Pinot noir.

The name of this cuvée is directly influenced by the soil on which the Meunier is grown - Green Clay. Some soil science for you; the clay's green colour comes from a combination of iron oxides and decomposed plant matter, mostly kelp and seaweed and other algae.

The result is fine bubbles, a persistent mousse and aromas of distilled plums and mirabelles. It's lovely and round in the mouth whilst maintaining freshness and it offers great length as well.

Technical details: Blend of 95% Meunier and 5% Pinot noir | Aged 3-4 years on lees | 2015 Harvest | Green clay soils | Organic approach | Sustainable viticulture | Dosage 1.5 g/L

A grower since 1750, Champagne Moussé sits in the village of Cuisles, in a valley perpendicular to the Vallée de la Marne. This side valley has a unique soil in Champagne: a schist subsoil under clay. While Pinot Meunier often struggles to be taken seriously in Champagne, at Moussé, Pinot Meunier is celebrated. 80% of the vines planted are Meunier, with the balance planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This agency is the first member of Club Trésors de Champagne to make a Spécial Club wine of 100% Pinot Meunier and the first Club member to produce a Rosé de Saignée Spécial Club. In the vineyards, Cedric Moussé adheres to a ‘lutte raisonée’ approach. He practices organic viticulture, using herbal infusions that act as ‘vitamins’ for the vines, cover crops, zero pesticides, and minimal doses of heavy metals like copper. His new winery, completed in 2012 may be deceiving; the modern facility leads us to believe this is a new operation. Solar panels power the cellar, tasting room, and 2 houses on the property, while geothermal energy moderates temperature throughout the winery. An underground spring provides enough water for irrigation on the farm. Moussé works almost exclusively in stainless steel, with the exception of a small amount of Pinot Meunier destined for his rosé. All cuvées undergo malolactic fermentation. The resulting wines seem to gush with red and dark fruits characteristic of Pinot Meunier, and a structured, saline minerality - Peter Liem

 

A good quality soft cheese like Brillat-Savarin or a hearty mushroom and herb risotto

Food suggestions

A good quality soft cheese like Brillat-Savarin or a hearty mushroom and herb risotto

About the house

A grower since 1750, Champagne Moussé sits in the village of Cuisles, in a valley perpendicular to the Vallée de la Marne. This side valley has a unique soil in Champagne: a schist subsoil under clay. While Pinot Meunier often struggles to be taken seriously in Champagne, at Moussé, Pinot Meunier is celebrated. 80% of the vines planted are Meunier, with the balance planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This agency is the first member of Club Trésors de Champagne to make a Spécial Club wine of 100% Pinot Meunier and the first Club member to produce a Rosé de Saignée Spécial Club. In the vineyards, Cedric Moussé adheres to a ‘lutte raisonée’ approach. He practices organic viticulture, using herbal infusions that act as ‘vitamins’ for the vines, cover crops, zero pesticides, and minimal doses of heavy metals like copper. His new winery, completed in 2012 may be deceiving; the modern facility leads us to believe this is a new operation. Solar panels power the cellar, tasting room, and 2 houses on the property, while geothermal energy moderates temperature throughout the winery. An underground spring provides enough water for irrigation on the farm. Moussé works almost exclusively in stainless steel, with the exception of a small amount of Pinot Meunier destined for his rosé. All cuvées undergo malolactic fermentation. The resulting wines seem to gush with red and dark fruits characteristic of Pinot Meunier, and a structured, saline minerality - Peter Liem

 

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Meunier Dominant

Winemaking


Organic

Earth


Mineral

Stone Fruit


Plum