Francoise Bedel OriginElle Extra Brut NV

Code: AA1666
RRP: £41.40 Our Price: £33.65
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This is one of the most exciting Champagne houses around at the moment, producing fabulous, intense and pure charactered Champagnes that really speak of the people who make them and the area they are from.  They are a million miles away from the Grande Marques in style, quality and attitude.

Francoise owns 8 hectares in and around Crouttes sur Marne.  All the vineayrds have been farmed biodynamically since 1998.  The vineyards are planted predominantly with Pinot Meunier (78%) with the balance made up of Chardonnay (13%) and Pinot Noir (9%).  The Pinot Meunier thrives in this region and gives the wines wonderful texture and hints of strawberries.

The wines are fermented and aged in a combination of enammelled tanks and oak barrels.  All the wines spend between 6 and 7 years on their lees before disgorging to develop suppleness and complexity.  This long ageing means the wines do not need high additions of sugar (dosage) at bottling.

Origin'elle is made up of 80% Pinot Meunier and 10% each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, from parcels of fruit selected from across the different sub-terroirs of the vineyard to produce what Francoise believes represents the signature style of this house.  The wine's full palate is packed with peach and ripe summer berry fruit, with a creamy mouth-feel and beautifully integrated acidity.