Charles Dufour has seen a bit of a breakout in the popularity of his wines over the last two years.
Having established himself firmly in the Scandinavian restaurant scene a few years ago, his singular Champagnes remained relatively unknown in the UK until 2016.
Charles currently works 6 certified organic hectares around the village of Landreville in the far South of Champagne where he also employs biodynamic techniques. This represents the first of many departures from his family’s long history in the village where they have been growing grapes and making wine for generations.
As well as eschewing chemicals in the vineyards, Charles ferments largely in barrel and always on native yeast without the use of sulphites. The wines then rest in barrel for between 12 and 18 months before tirage.
The range is split in to two parts ‘Bulles de Comptoir’ and ‘Par Charles Dufour’, the former being a wonderfully expressive Pinot Blanc dominated blend from across his vineyard holdings and the latter a selection of single vineyard or single village wines made to transmit the singularity of specific sites.
Truly compelling wines that are available only in tiny quantities.
Blend pinot noir (60%), chardonnay (30%), pinot blanc (10%).
Harvest 2017 (85%), reserve wine 2010-2016 (15%).
Wine 12 months on lees in barrels (75%) and tanks. Wild yeast fermented and malolactic achieved.
Bottled on October 2019.
Disgorgment bottles are disgorged since January 2020. Dosage extra brut (<3g/l) SO2.
no sulfites added
Charles Dufour - Bulles De Comptior #8 'Stilleben' Extra Brut
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