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Champagne Eric Rodez Cuvee Grands Vintages


The village of Ambonnay is known for exceptional Pinot Noir, lending itself to succulent and powerful champagne. Some of Champagne’s elite producers, including Krug and Egly-Ouriet, covet these vines, but only one winemaker can literally call himself the Mayor of Ambonnay. 

Eric Rodez, an 8th generation Ambonnay winemaker and Mayor of the village, is one of the rising stars of Grower Champagne. He buys no additional fruit – having enough to sell 15% of his harvest to negoce. Eric is often described as a thoughtful man who is ceaselessly evaluating how to shine a light on the specific character of each terroir. A craftsman, he makes 60 base wines every year from 36 parcels, vinified separately by parcel and vine age. A period of time as assistant winemaker at Krug instilled a knowledge of meticulous blending, a high use of reserve wines, and the judicious use of barrel maturation. Owing to his precise knowledge of each site, he practices lutte raisonée and biodynamic viticulture. In some ways you could say his wines are Krug-like in style, but this would sell short their wonderful individuality. While maintaining the Ambonnay reputation for strength, a high percentage of Chardonnay brings liveliness and zest.

This Champagne exclusively originates from the “têtes de cuvées” which are the first presses from the fermenting room. This Champagne is a blend of the best vintages. Entirely vinified in wooden casks to reach a greater complexity, the blend is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.

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