Les Cintres is one of a trio of single plot cuvées, of which 2008 is the second vintage after 2006. The cuvée comes from vines grown on hillsides, which are the most exposed to sun and the oldest (up to 70 years of age), at the heart of this exceptional vineyard. 2,187 bottles produced.
100% Pinots Noirs. 100% first-press juice from the central plots « Les Grands Cintres » and « Les Petits Cintres » in Clos des Goisses, Mareuil-sur-Ay.
Vinified using traditional methods to avoid premature oxidation, with no malolactic fermentation. All the wines are fermented in casks. "Extra-brut" dosage (4.5 g/litre) to maintain a balance between freshness and vinosity without masking the wine’s character and purity.
Aged for more than nine years in the House’s cellars at a constant temperature of 12°C to develop maximum complexity and to highlight the wine’s secondary and tertiary aromas, which are the hallmark of extended aging on lees.
Warmest conditions since 2003, optimal maturity, healthy fruit. Balanced wines with average sugars, lower acidities. High overall maturity. Vintage year for some, principally récoltants-manipulants (individual growers). In ’09, new EU rules reduced dosage for Brut to 12 g/l.