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” It was my wish to express the personality, the talent and the knowledge of Canard-Duchêne for the past 150 years. It’s a signature cuvee that celebrates this historic vision of which we are proud. ” Laurent Fédou, Cellar Master.
1868 – 2018
Champagne Canard-Duchêne’s history began just over 150 years ago when Léonie Duchêne, daughter of a winemaker, and Victor Canard, son of a cooper, met. In 1868, they combined their names to create their own Champagne House: Canard-Duchêne.
To celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2018, the House paid homage to one of its founders, Victor Canard, and his origins with a new cuvée: V
During the 2010 harvest, Laurent Fédou, cellar master of the House, was charmed by the quality and character of several plots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from an exceptional terroir.
He envisioned a wine that would mark Canard-Duchêne’s 150th anniversary and chose to release the 2010 vintage exclusively in magnum format.
Cuvée V, an embodiment of the House’s history and Laurent Fédou’s savoir-faire, was born.
THE YEAR 2010
The Champagne region is caught in a typical winter, with frequent snowfalls, cold fronts, and frost.
Spring arrives in April and allows the vegetation to recover, except for a few very cool days in early May. Until the end of July, warm temperatures prevail and it is only as of August 15 that the rains foster the growth and development of the grapes.
The mid-September harvest occurred under favorable weather conditions.
A meticulous selection process was carried out, ensuring wines of exceptional quality.
Extra Brut, this cuvée is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier.
The Pinots Noirs from Ambonnay bring structure and character to the wine, while those from Ay add a touch of delicacy.
For the Chardonnays, the Chouilly terroir, which is predominant in the blend, gives the cuvée a certain freshness, elegance, and pleasant crispness.
With a straw-yellow hue, the cuvée offers a toasted nose initially, and upon aeration, notes of pastry, baked lemon, and delicate white flowers.
The rich sensation on the nose is complimented by a fresh and zesty attack on the palate. The finish is persistent, long, and aromatic.
FOOD & WINE PAIRING
The Cuvée is the ideal accompaniment to a seared foie gras or lobster as a starter. It also pairs well with roasted poultry served with porcini mushrooms.