To present this wine, I must go back to my beginnings as a winemaker. Indeed 2008 was my first vintage at the domaine. At that time, my wish was to create a cuvée of great aging potential that future generations could taste much later. To do so, I had selected the 7 most beautiful parcels of the vineyard, tasted each of the barrels of these plots and composed a harmonious, precise and elegant blend . In my opinion, these are the essential characteristics of a great wine.
Long is the path of trust in wine. We first offered a reading of this wine after five years of ageing; in 2013 the 2008 Partition was released, 1500 bottles out of the 2000 produced came out of our cellars. Another 500 bottles of the cuvée were kept for longer ageing, to offer you a second reading of the wine after 10 years (about 240 bottles) and secondly to establish an oenothèque, memory of the domaine.
2008 was a rather northern vintage. Freshness in winter, followed by a muddy, rainy spring with a vegetative cycle that kicked off late. A dry and very hot month of May favoured the growth of the vine, but after mid-June a fall in temperatures disturbed the flowering, leading to coulure and millerandage. August was a little sunny and fresh compared to the last 10 years. Early September was cloudy and rainy. The sun appeared a few days before the first snips. The harvest took place in dry and particularly cool weather, especially at night. The wines produced are dense, tense and present a beautiful freshness. After 10 years of aging, we can probably say that 2008 is a great Champagne vintage and that it will offer beautiful years of tasting to come.
Finally, why Partition? As you've probably noticed, the label has a different score each year. A music related to the events of the year, represented by 7 musical notes like the 7 barrels of the 7 plots. Partition 2008 2ème Lecture's label is a nod to the album cover of this music, which we will take care not to reveal to you in writing
72% Chardonnay, 14 % Meunier and 14% Pinot Noir. The parcels harvested for this blend are: Vertus 1er Cru La Justice planted in 1950; Dizy 1er Cru Moque-bouteille planted in 1985; Epernay Les Frileux planted in 1959; Mardeuil Les Basses Ronces planted in 1982; Pierry 1er Cru Les Tartières/Les Porgeons planted in 1990 et 1985; and Pierry 1er Cru Les Gouttes d’Or planted in 1951; and Pierry 1er Cru Les Gayères planted in 1975. The soils are a mix of silty clay and flinty clay on a chalky subsoil. The musts were vinified entirely in oak barrels and bottles without fining or filtration. The wine was aged on lees on crown seal for 10 years before disgorgement with a dosage of 1.5g/L.