Champagne Etienne Calsac
In 2010, at the age of 26, Etienne decided to take control of his grandparents’ 2.8 hectares of vineyards scattered in and around Avize, which had previously been let out to the grandes maisons. Chez Calsac, stewardship of the terroir is the basis for great Champagne, so Etienne set out to ensure that all the vineyards are planted with grass cover crops, plowed, and farmed following lutte raisonnée methods.
Etienne himself had overseen the pressing of the grapes before they were sent off to be blended, and he decided to maintain the strict quality controls already in place, but add a few personal touches. Each parcel is vinified separately, with a small percentage of the Rose de Craie and Infiniment Blanc aged in old barrels. All bottles are aged on the lees for 36 months, and an additional 3 months is given after disgorgement before the wines are released.
Calsac has en eye for experimentation, and expect to see new releases over the next few years, including Pinot Noir from family vineyards in the Aube, and an extremely limited bottling from the monopole Clos des Maladreries in Avize. His potential is unlimited - though his highly sought-after wines are not.
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L'Echapée Belle Extra Brut
95% chardonnay, 5% pinot noir from the Côte des blancs and the Grande Vallée de la marne, respectively. Grown on limestone and clay-limestone soils. Plowing and grass cover. Malolactic Fermentation completed. Bottled: April 2013. Disgorgement: March 2016. Dosage: 2 g/L. Production: 5,560 bottles.
Les Rocheforts Premier Cru
100% chardonnay from Bisseuil 1er cru with predominately chalk soils. Southeast exposition. Plowing and grass cover. Malolactic Fermentation completed. 15% aged in barrel. Bottling: May 2014. Disgorgement: February 2016. Dosage: 4 g/L. Production: 3,549 bottles.
Infiniment Blanc Premier Cru
100% chardonnay from Bisseuil 1er cru (80%) and Avize grand cru (20%) with limestone and predominantly chalk soils. South-southeast exposition. Plowing and grass cover. Malolactic Fermentation completed. 15% aged in barrel. Bottling: May 18, 2012. Disgorgement: July 2014. Dosage: 6 g/L. Production: 3,524 bottles.
Rosé de Craie
86% chardonnay, 14% pinot noir from the Grande Vallée de la marne, Côte des Blancs, Montagne de Reims. Limestone and chalk soils. Plowing and grass cover. Malolactic Fermentation completed. 10% aged in barrel. Bottling: April 2013. Disgorgement: February 2016. Dosage: 7g/L. Production: 864 bottles.