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Clos des bouveries 2005
A perfect marriage of soil and expertise
Clos des Bouveries, overlooking the village of Vertus, is an ancient plot of land belonging to the Duval-Leroy family, which enjoys a mid-slope position facing due east. This situation provides exceptional conditions producing one of the earliest growth cycles in the area, and enriching the fruits with an intense concentration of flavour, giving a most favourable effect on the senses.
A pioneer in the sustainable development of vineyards, the Great House of Duval-Leroy creates the concept of the oeno-climatic cuvee. The Clos des Bouveries cuvee is a vintage champagne every year. The wine reflects the impact of the the climate on Champagne and shows the effect of its changes in the medium and long term.
This champagne reflects the terroir, the climate and the know-how of the Chef de Cave. From a single plot and from a single grape variety, Clos des Bouveries is partially fermented in oak barrels to contribute fine woody notes and partially fermented in stainless steel tanks for mineral purity.
This vintage 2005 reflects the influence of the climate on the vineyard. Indeed, the year 2005 was marked by alternating quiet periods of growth and more active sprouting. After a dry winter, the bud burst started on April 13th. Thanks to temperatures higher than the ten year average,, the blooming started on June 14th, the veraison on August 8th and the harvest on September 15th. This vegetative cycle was very similar to that of the vintage 2002. The climatic conditions allowed a healthy harvest notable for a good balance between sugar and acidity.
Thus, this Clos des Bouveries 2005 Champagne shows silver tints shaded by a yellow-green colour, and lemon and pear aromas, adorned by a subtle eucalyptus hint, followed by fine smoky notes.
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay
Bottle size: 75cl
A cold winter and a mild late spring cued for a perfect June allowing early and fast flowering. Outstanding weather conditions prevailed and the season went on without dramatic turns. Rains in August raised concerns regarding gray rot, but finally sunshine and dry conditions throughout September resulted in an abundant crop of largely healthy fruit (11,930 kg/ha). Dehydration due to wind further aided in achieving perfect ripeness and additional concentration. This, and the cool nights, helped in retaining fresh acidity and, despite the ripeness (10.3% potential alcohol), the wines did not suffer from heaviness or a lack of life. A near-perfect vintage, which produced balanced Champagnes consistently around the region. The best show an impeccable combination of freshness, power, structure and finesse. However, some have matured aromatically quicker than expected and are already past their peak. 2002 produced an abundance of spectacular champagnes, such as Dom Pérignon (the entire range), Krug Vintage and Clos du Mesnil, Piper-Heidsieck Rare, Louis Roederer Cristal and Cristal Rosé, Ruinart Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé, Salon Le Mesnil and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, to name a few.