Champagne Etienne Calsac

Etienne Calsac

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In 2010, at the age of 26, Etienne Calsac decided to take control of his grandparents’ three 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 transitioned to organic farming.

Etienne himself had worked several vintages helping with press before starting his own domaine, and he decided to maintain the same strict quality controls, but add a few personal touches inspired by tastings and conversations with other young vignerons. Each parcel is vinified separately, with a small percentage of wines aged in barrels. In addition to the perpetual reserve for his nonvintage cuvée l’Echappée Belle, Clasac also keeps a separate reserve tank for the single-vineyard Les Rocheforts.

Calsac has en eye for experimentation, and has released several limited cuvées, including a yearly vintage-dated Grand Cru from the Clos des Maladries in Avize, and Les Revenants, a blend of Pinot Blanc, Arbanne, and Petit Meslier from a vineyard Etienne planted himself in the Côte Sezanne. With dynamic releases and impactful quality, the potential of the domaine is unlimited - though the highly sought-after wines are not.

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etienne calsac “L'Echapée Belle” Extra Brut

Varietals: 100% Chardonnay                  Color: Sparkling

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.

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etienne calsac “Les Rocheforts” Premier Cru blanc de blancs

Varietal: 100%  chardonnay                                     Color: Sparkling

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.

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etienne calsac “Rosé de Craie”

Varietals: 90% chardonnay, 10% pinot noir                  Color: Sparkling

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.

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etienne calsac avize grand cru “CLOS DES MALADRIES”

Varietal: 100%  chardonnay                                     Color: Sparkling

Avize Grand Cru. South facing, Predominantly chalk, with very shallow soil and chalk exposed near to the surface. Grass cover, and plowing by horse; Single Vintage wine each year. Base wine aged in used oak barrels and stainless steel tanks for 7 months. Malolactic Fermentation completed.

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etienne calsac “Les revenants”

Varietal: 50% Pinot Blanc, 45% Petit Meslier, 5% Arbanne Color: Sparkling

From Cote Sezanne, les Fours (Montgenost). A vineyard of 0.30 ha. Vines planted in 2010. Sandy clay and chalk. Natural yeast fermentation in 600 L oak barrels. 30 months on the lees under cork closure.

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