Charles Dufour 'Bulles de Comptoir #8 Stilleben' Champagne Extra Brut
Producer: Charles Dufour
Varietal: 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Blanc
Color: Sparkling White
Notes: Charles Dufour's "Bulles de Comptoir # 8 - stillleben" is a Champagne from the Cote de Bars obtained from a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Fermentation occurs spontaneously with indigenous yeasts. The aging in Burgundian pièce and large barrel continues. No clarification, no filtration before being bottled. Harvest 2017 with a 15% reserve wine from 2010 to 2016. Without added sulphites.
Charles Dufour is a young grower and winemaker, farming 6 certified organic hectares in Landreville in Côtes des Bars region of the Aube département. Coming from a family steeped in the winemaking traditions of this off the beaten track of a Champagne region, some of the vines were planted by his grandfather and are quite old. Charles favors working with natural yeasts for the fermentations of his wines and the wines are free of added sulphur. Charles has taken an interest in employing Pinot Blanc in his cuvées, with this varietal figuring significantly in his Bulles de Comptoir bottlings. Recently he bottled a single varietal Pinot Blanc from a single vineyard, Le Champs du Clos. Dosage is extremely low as well, sometimes only 2g/liter. The Liqueur de tirage is a blend of his own wine and cane sugar and the yeasts used in the secondary fermentation are derived from his own vineyards. None of his wines are ever fined or filtered.