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The history of Champagne Canard-Duchêne began just over 150 years ago when Léonie Duchêne, winemaker, and Victor Canard, cooper, met.
In 1868, passionate about wine, they combined their names to create their own Champagne House: Canard-Duchêne.
“I wanted to express the personality, talent and know-how of Canard-Duchêne. This is a signature vintage to celebrate this singular history of which we are proud of. ” Laurent Fédou, Cellar Master
In 2021, the House pays a new tribute to one of its founders with the launch of Cuvée V Millésime 2012, combining the history of the House and the know-how of Laurent Fédou.
During the 2012 harvest, Laurent Fédou, the Cellar Master of the House, was charmed by the quality and character of certain terroirs of Pinots Noirs and Pinots Meuniers.
He therefore imagined an outstanding wine, emblematic of the history of Canard-Duchêne House.
THE YEAR – 2012
The Champagne region is caught in a mild and dry winter, although marked by a very cold period in February.
Spring is cool, not very sunny and rainy, although a summery period is appreciated in mid-March, which allows a rather early budburst. The trend is quickly reversed in the following months,
resulting in a succession of rain, wind, mildness and frost, which give extremely heterogeneous plots. The warm and sunny weather that set in at the end of July until the first days of September allowed ideal maturation. The harvest began in mid-September and the first clear wine tastings confirmed the prospect of a great vintage.
This cuvée is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. Made from 40% Grands Crus (mainly Ay and Bouzy) and 20% Premiers Crus (mainly Chigny and Ludes), the terroir of the
Montagne de Reims gives the champagne its elegance, body and finesse, while the terroir of the vallée de la Marne balances the wine by bringing its fruity aromas.
Dosage: Brut Nature (not dosed)
Cellar ageing: 8 years
Thermo regulated stainless steel vat
Ageing potential: 10 years
Pale gold in hue, the cuvée reveals an initial brioche nose, slightly toasted with aromas of ripe yellow fruit such as mirabelle plums, then on aeration elegant raspberry aromas.
As the wine develops, a few light notes of cedar wood appear.
A certain minerality and salinity sublimate a beautiful structure and a lot of freshness in the mouth. The finish is persistent, long, with a slight hint of grapefruit zest.
FOOD & WINE PAIRING
Perfect when served with a carpaccio of scallops and citrus fruits or a monkfish with verbena. Cuvée V 2012 will also be the ideal pairing with some mature cheeses.