“Sophisticated and elegantly harmonious, Doyard’s wines number among the finest in the Cotes des Blancs.” – Peter Liem, Champagneguide.net
The Doyard family traces their roots in Champagne back to the 17th century. In 1979 Yannick Doyard took over the domaine, turning it into a beacon for precise, mineral-etched Champagne. The domaine farms 10 ha of vineyards, in Vertus and the Grand Cru villages of Le Mesnil, Cramant, Oger, Avize, and Ay. The viticultural philosophy employed by the domaine is a “non-dogmatic” approach to biodynamic farming with absolutely no herbicides or pesticides used. In the cellar, state of the art double banked Coquard PAI presses are employed and every parcel is vinified separately. All of the wines undergo very long lees aging- a minimum of 48 months on all cuvees, lending a vinous quality to the wines that have become the envy of Vertus. –
“Fermented in used barrels with blocked malolactic, Doyard’s 2008 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru saw 114 months on the lees before it was disgorged with three grams per liter dosage. Wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet of gingerbread, warm biscuits, citrus oil, dried white flowers and a delicate hint of olorosso sherry, it’s medium to full-bodied, deep and incisive, with an racy spine of acidity, a concentrated core of fruit and a long, searingly intense and delicately sapid finish. The subtle oxidative qualities lend it an appealingly old fashioned feel. As Doyard followers may know, this cuvée derives from Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant, Avize and Oger. 2019 – 2029” – 95 points, Wine Advocate (August 2019)
50+ year old vines. 70% Avize Grand Cru, 10% Oger Grand Cru, 10% Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru, 10% Cramant Grand Cru – Elevage: 100% older Burgundy barrels.