Andre Clouet


André Clouet V6 Experience NV |Brut |Base 2012

Andre Clouet

André Clouet V6 Experience NV

Brut Base 2012

$104.95

72 months on the lees 

- Smart, savvy winemaking with custom, tailored disgorgement.

- Zero dosage

This wine was bottled in Spring 2013 with a permeable capsule allowing an exchange of 0,81 mg/L/an of oxygen to create an evolution of the wines specifically designed for the Pinot Noir of Bouzy.

A custom, tailored disgorgement is undertaken for this wine. After careful evaluation of each batch of bottles, and in order to propose the optimal tasting experience, disgorgement and dosage is done batch by batch. This is according to the wine's specific attributes and evolution, the season of the year, and its final destination.

Barrel aged Chardonnay and refined sugar providing a structured lift, effervescence and smooth tannins. Dosage proposed at 5 gr.

80% base wine 2012 20% Grande Solera Reserve from the tanks Zeus and Apollo (50% 2008, 37.5% 2005, 25% 2004, 12.5% 2002)

Powerful nose of lightly candied fruit and spice accelerating on the palate with notes of ginger bread with sweet citrus.

A winemaking family of more than 2 centuries, the founder was a printer in Louis XV's court of Versailles and the wines are cellared under the family’s 17th century village house. The style of the labels reflects their heritage.

Bouzy and Ambonnay are the epicentre of pinot noir in Champagne, and the Clouet family is the privileged custodian of eight hectares of estate vines in the best middle slopes of both villages. These are rich and concentrated expressions of pinot noir, wines of deep complexity, multifaceted interest and engaging character, yet with remarkable restraint and sense of control. Tasting after tasting confirm my impression that this small and relatively unknown grower ranks high among Champagne’s finest practitioners of pinot noir – and represents one of the best value of all.

"Jean-François describes pinot noir as entering a phase he dubs ‘The Whirlwind’ in its sixth year of maturation. The rest of his inspiration is impossible to put into words, but clicking on ‘Cuvée Design Specification’ on his website will put you on the right trajectory. For the exuberance of Bouzy pinot noir and not inconsiderable age, the freshness packed into this cuvée is something to behold. Grapefruit tang meets crunchy red apple fruit, contrasting the generosity and spice of the village and the tension of zero dosage. Get on board."

Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide, 2021-2021

About the house

A winemaking family of more than 2 centuries, the founder was a printer in Louis XV's court of Versailles and the wines are cellared under the family’s 17th century village house. The style of the labels reflects their heritage.

Bouzy and Ambonnay are the epicentre of pinot noir in Champagne, and the Clouet family is the privileged custodian of eight hectares of estate vines in the best middle slopes of both villages. These are rich and concentrated expressions of pinot noir, wines of deep complexity, multifaceted interest and engaging character, yet with remarkable restraint and sense of control. Tasting after tasting confirm my impression that this small and relatively unknown grower ranks high among Champagne’s finest practitioners of pinot noir – and represents one of the best value of all.

Review

"Jean-François describes pinot noir as entering a phase he dubs ‘The Whirlwind’ in its sixth year of maturation. The rest of his inspiration is impossible to put into words, but clicking on ‘Cuvée Design Specification’ on his website will put you on the right trajectory. For the exuberance of Bouzy pinot noir and not inconsiderable age, the freshness packed into this cuvée is something to behold. Grapefruit tang meets crunchy red apple fruit, contrasting the generosity and spice of the village and the tension of zero dosage. Get on board."

Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide, 2021-2021

Descriptors & Texture


Rich Creamy Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking


Barrel-maturation Perpetual Solera Solera

Earth


Mineral

Herbs & Spices


Spice