Champagne Doyard Cuvee Vendémiaire Champagne 1er Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs
• Charles Doyard is a 12th generation winegrower
• Family viticulture dates to 1677!
• Estate bottling dates back to 1927
• Practicing Organic. No pesticides or chemicals since 1992
• 45 year old vines on average
• 50% of his production is sold to two Negociants – keeping only the finest fruit
• Each parcel is vinified separately. 50% aged on the fine lies in older barrels, no battonage
• Minimum of 48 months aging on the lies
“Sophisticated and elegantly harmonious, Doyard’s wines number among the finest in the Côte des Blancs, demonstrating a remarkable personality and individuality. While they feel in keeping with the sensibilities of contemporary natural viticulture in their vitality and vinosity, there is nothing about them that is severe or aggressive – they do not lose sight of balance in their quest for expression.”
Charles Doyard started working full-time with his father Yannick in 2006, who himself began making wine in 1979. Today he farms old vine sites in the finest terroir of the Côtes des Blancs: Vertus, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Cramant. A traditionalist at heart, much of the Doyard philosophy reaches into the past for inspiration. The wines are bottled at lower pressure (4-5 atmospheres, instead of the 6 atmospheres that is the norm today) and all have incredibly long lees aging, giving the wines an extraordinary level of depth and finesse.
The other nod to the past is the non-interventionist approach the family has always used. “We want to let our old vines and nature express themselves and intervene as little as possible.” says Doyard. Since 2007, zero new wood is used (3-5 years old), there is no filtration, very low doses of SO2, and he has stopped using cold-stabilization - preferring instead to simply leave the wines in the coldest portion of his cellar to allow them to precipitate naturally.
The combination of long lees aging, incredible terroir, organic viticulture, and fair prices, make it clear why Doyard has achieved cult status. This is the kind of Grower Champagne that brings you to your knees, with its ability to maintain such weightless intensity. These are pure, mineral driven, fiercely elegant Champagne, and we couldn’t be more proud and excited to welcome Doyard to the Skurnik family!