CHAMPAGNE SERGE MATHIEU Tradition Brut
The Côte des Bars forms a transition between the plain of Champagne and the Burgundy massif. It is influenced by two major climatic zones: atlantic influences coming from the west, bringing rain, and continental influences with more extreme temperatures. Apart from undesirable late spring frosts, this combination produces the necessary moisture and heat combination for ripening grapes. The fact that the Aube vineyards are at the southern extremity of Champagne improves the maturity of its grapes.
The soils were formed during the Kimmeridgean phase of the secondary era. They are essentially made up of calcereous marls, of the type that are also to be found under the vineyards of Chablis and Sancerre. On the slopes that form the vineyards, the soils are especially rich in stony limestone elements which help the soils to drain freely.
All these factors help Pinot Noir to ripen very well. This variety accounts for 89% of vines planted in the region and naturally strongly influences the character of its wines. Nevertheless the Côte des Bars has diversified terroirs. Specific soil types, local climate conditions, slope and orientation are extremely varied, producing separate meso-climates.
Isabelle and Michel Mathieu-Jacob energetically handle the four main jobs of an independent wine-producer (vineyard cultivation, winemaking, selling and administration).
Manual harvest in 50 kg, free-draining boxes; grapes carefully pressed, plot by plot, in a pneumatic press; no cold sedimentation; fermentation under temperature control; complete malolactic fermetation; ageing of still wines in stainless-steel and enamel tanks; minimal filtration; bottling and ageing on lees for between three and five years; moderate to low dosage (between 8.6 gr and 10.4 gr /l).
Tradition Brut is a Blanc de Noirs, which means that it is made entirely from black grapes, in this case 100% pinot noir. It shows all the fruit qualities of this grape, fine and full-bodied, crisp and with good length.
Dosage: 8.6 gr/l. Blended from 2008/2009 harvests. Tirage in 2010.