A still wine from the Champagne region!? That's right! It is amazing, a king among rosés. 100% Pinot Noir from and single site, farmed organically. There is actually a long tradition of some still wines being produced in the region, they are often labelled under and specific AOC called Coteaux de Champenois. Olivier Horiot is a master of the style, being one of its strongest proponents, Superbly age worthy, transformative, we can't speak highly enough of this wine.
Olivier Horiot Description
"The wines start with about 10% of the grapes that are foot-trodden at the bottom of the cuve, then whole bunches are added. Macerations usually last 5-6 days with pumping over twice a day. after the wine is racked into older barrels and remains there for a few years. it is bottled without fining or filtration.
Aged in barrel on the lees.
Olivier Horiot took over the estate of his father Serge in 1999; though it bears his name due to inheritance, his wife Marie is essential to day to day operations and runs the cellar. They immediately started using organic and some biodynamic practices, as well as highlighting specific parcels in the effort of being more terroir-focused. In order to make the Rosé des Riceys, the Horiot do a very strict selection of grapes from two separate sites - en Valingrain and en Barmont - vinifying them separately. The wines start with about 10% of the grapes foot-trodden at the bottom of the cuve, then whole bunches are added. Macerations usually last 5-6 days, with pumping over twice a day. After the wine is racked into older barrels, it remains there for a few years before being bottled without fining or filtration. " - Louis/Dressner