We drank a bottle last night to accompany our unadulterated grilled rockfish tacos! Yowser! Super high energy with almost explosive tiny bubbles to make one’s nostrils quiver. Underlying notes of fresh sliced pear, pie crust, ginger, and lemon peel, Intense with a vibrant freshness on the palate. Energizer bunny finish as the racy acidity extends and adds quenching power. You can turn off the air conditioning with this Champagne!
The Doyard family traces their winemaking roots in Champagne back to 1677 when a marriage license of Jean-Baptise Doyard showed “winegrower” as the occupation. Maurice Doyard was the first in the family to make wine in Vertus under the Doyard label in 1927, officially signifying the domaine’s foundation. In 1979, Yannick Doyard took over, turning it into a beacon for precise, vinous, mineral-etched Champagne in the Côtes des Blancs. Today, Yannick’s son Guillaume is at the helm, farming 10 ha of prime vineyards in Vertus and the Grand Cru villages of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant, Oger, Avize and Aÿ. The domaine employs organic farming in the vines, with most of the vineyards worked by horse. Yields are kept very low, adding to the concentrated intensity that defines the estate’s style. In the cellar, state of the art double-banked Coquard PAI presses are employed to get the cleanest and most delicate juice possible and every parcel is vinified separately in barrel. All of the wines undergo very long lees aging before disgorgement — a minimum of 48 months on all cuvées — which truly sets them apart from much of Champagne and is a key component to achieve the incredible complexity and depth that is found throughout their magnificent lineup.
Here at the statistics —
Cépage: 100% Chardonnay
Assemblage: 50% 2013, 25% 2012, 25% 2011
Village/Vineyards: 70% Avize Grand Cru, 10% Oger Grand Cru, 10% Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru, 10% Cramant Grand Cru; 45+-year-old vines — Clay and limestone
Elevage: Fermented and aged in 50% stainless steel, 50% older 228L Burgundy barrels
Sur latte: 84 Months
Dégorgement Variable (0)
“The forthcoming release of Doyard’s NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Non Dosé Révolution is based on the 2013 vintage and was disgorged in May 2020. Unfurling in the glass with scents of pear, warm pastry, apricot, toasted almonds and citrus oil, it’s full-bodied, layered and elegantly muscular, with a deep and multidimensional core, racy acids and a long, precise finish. This is an especially elegant, refined rendition of Révolution, and it will be well worth following over time. 2022-2035.” – 94+ points, Wine Advocate (William Kelley)
Blessed with 10 hectares of prime holdings in Versus, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Avize, Cramant and Aÿ, Doyard’s vines—some of which are cordon-pruned and all of which are farmed without herbicides or pesticides—produce intensely concentrated grapes that are selectively pressed and vinified in wood. Deep, concentrated and characterful, everything that bears the Doyard label is well worth serious attention. Indeed, given the quality to be found at this address—and the long track record—the wines deserve to be even better known.