Bourgeois-Diaz RS (Rosé de Saignée) Champagne

Regular price $54.00

Winemaker: Jérôme Bourgeois-Diaz

Appellation: Crouttes-sur-Marne, Champagne, France

Grape Varieties: Pinot Meunier

“RS” stands for Rosé de Saignée. Made from 100% old-vine Pinot Meunier harvested a bit later than his other parcels with 24 hours of maceration on the skins. 30% of the juice is pressed into barrel and the rest stainless steel tank for fermentation. Deep and darker in color; savory, vinous, and long, this is an incredible wine.

Jérôme Bourgeois-Diaz is a 4th generation vigneron who has been making some of the most compelling Champagne in Crouttes-sur-Marne, on the banks of the Marne River halfway between Paris and Reims. Though he has deep family roots in the area, he was not always working in the vines, having had a previous career in industrial sales before taking over from his father in 2001.

He farms 7ha of vines that average 35 years of age (3ha Pinot Meunier, 2ha Pinot Noir, and 2ha Chardonnay) in the clay and limestone soils the region is known for. Jérôme is deeply committed to biodynamic farming, having gained certification by Demeter in 2015, meaning herbicides, fungicides, and all other sprayings are strictly prohibited. He allows for native, wild plants to intersperse the rows, which make his vineyards look like an oasis of green in an otherwise conventionally farmed area. Care is taken during the harvest to adhere to Pierre Masson’s lunar calendar and all vineyard work is done by hand. His practices are easily the most old-school approach to viticulture in the region that we know of.