Andre Heucq


Andre Heucq Heritage Assemblage Extra Brut |Brut |NV

Andre Heucq

Andre Heucq Heritage Assemblage Extra Brut

Brut NV

$107.95

- Aged 5 years, with some barrel complexity this is a premium grower champagne

- Biodynamic and high quality Marne Valley producer

- Pairs well with walnut, rocket and pear salad with a little gorgonzola dulce. Perfect.

Third generation grower Andre Heucq was responsible for this wine, with the fourth generation coming through Alexandra and fanny Heucq.

What strikes us about this wine is it's immediate creaminess on the palate from the ageing plus a little barrel fermentation and then an unfolding of botanicals, fresh pear, herbal notes and this underlying pastry note. The length is amazing too, lasting 9-10 seconds, which is a sign of a true quality wine.

Technical details 40% chardonnay, 30% pinot, 30% meunier; Cuisles and Baslieux-sous-Châtillon; average vine age 30 years; 43% 2011 reserves; vinified in 70% stainless steel (with malolactic fermentation) and 30% oak (without malolactic); aged 60 months on lees; 6g/L dosage; cork; 10,000 bottles

Disgorged: 26th July 2018 Base wine: 2013

 

 

Midway between Reims and Château-Thierry and 6 kilometres north of the river Marne, the tiny village of Cuisles is unique for its green illite clay soils and low rainfall. Here, four generations of the Heucq family have adopted an increasingly attentive and sustainable approach in their family vineyards and winery. The path to conversion to biodynamic viticulture fulfils an aim to reactivate microbial life in the soil to enhance terroir expression, and coincides with the construction of a new ecological cuverie with natural ventilation, collection of rainwater and self-sufficiency in solar electricity. Unusual in Champagne, the same facility also serves to house all the pickers, who are trained to be particularly discerning in what they harvest. Meunier is naturally the focus in this part of the world, though chardonnay and pinot play a significant role in most cuvées, too. Vinification is refreshingly intuitive, with each parcel fermented and aged separately in stainless steel tanks or used oak barrels from Meursault to suit, and malolactic fermentation encouraged or blocked selectively. Cuvées are aged long and dosages are low. Informative back labels declare crus, cépage and time on lees.

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Midway between Reims and Château-Thierry and 6 kilometres north of the river Marne, the tiny village of Cuisles is unique for its green illite clay soils and low rainfall. Here, four generations of the Heucq family have adopted an increasingly attentive and sustainable approach in their family vineyards and winery. The path to conversion to biodynamic viticulture fulfils an aim to reactivate microbial life in the soil to enhance terroir expression, and coincides with the construction of a new ecological cuverie with natural ventilation, collection of rainwater and self-sufficiency in solar electricity. Unusual in Champagne, the same facility also serves to house all the pickers, who are trained to be particularly discerning in what they harvest. Meunier is naturally the focus in this part of the world, though chardonnay and pinot play a significant role in most cuvées, too. Vinification is refreshingly intuitive, with each parcel fermented and aged separately in stainless steel tanks or used oak barrels from Meursault to suit, and malolactic fermentation encouraged or blocked selectively. Cuvées are aged long and dosages are low. Informative back labels declare crus, cépage and time on lees.

Descriptors & Texture


Creamy

Winemaking


Aged 5 Years on Lees Partial Barrel-fermentation

Earth


Mineral

Orchard Fruit


Pear

Herbs & Spices


Spice