Grapes: 55% Pinot Meunier, 39% Chardonnay, 6% Pinot Noir. Region: France> Champagne> Montagne de Reims> Ludes and Mailly. Notes: Hand harvested, only first-pressed juice, very-dry style (Extra Brut).
Description: Laurence Ployez is a third generation winemaker at her family's estate, which was established in 1930. Ployez-Jacquemart owns 2.15 hectares of Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in Ludes and Mailly-Chamapagne in the Montagne de Reims. Laurence also purchases Premier Cru and Grand Cru grapes from Champagne growers the family has worked with for over 20 years. Wines are aged nose-to-punt, or sur pointe, instead of being aged on their side; aging sur pointe provides the antioxidative and aging benefits of the lees while not allowing the wines to become too rich from the lees contact. When the wines are ready to be disgorged, after up to 12 years in the cellar, only a very minimal dosage is added, typically 3-4grams per liter. Ployez-Jacquemart's goal is to leave the structure of each wine intact, allowing the true character and personality of the harvest to shine through.