Polisy, Aube, Champagne
Domaine Alice Beaufort is a continuation of the work of the prestigious Champagne house, André et Jacques Beaufort, one of the pioneering Champagne houses in terms of organic viticulture, which has been implemented since 1971.
The family home and cellars of Quentin Beaufort are in Polisy, but the vines of Domaine Alice Beaufort sit just outside the official Champagne appellation area, very close to the Aube region in southern Champagne in Prusly sur Ource, which is technically in Burgundy.
Quentin Beaufort, son of Jacques, named the domaine after his wife Alice.
This is as artisanal as it gets – everything is carried out by hand; our order was hand disgorged, bottle by bottle, the week before we collected. We opted for zero dosage for all the cuvées, as we love the terroir expression that comes without the addition of any extra sugar. The wines are vital, razor sharp and damn exciting to drink!!
Le Beaufort Taille Rosé – is unusual and utterly delicious! If you are a fan of Gueuze beer (which we very much are) you will love this. It’s from the third press of the sparkling wine or the ‘taille’. As it’s 100% Pinot Noir the wine coming out of the press is deeply coloured and markedly phenolic. Yields are tiny at 6.5 hl/ha and just 800 bottles are made in an average year. The wine is aged in 5 year old Bordeaux barrels for 10 months.
Le Petit Beaufort is a blend of 70% Pinot Blanc, 30% Pinot Noir. Le Grande Beaufort is 100% Pinot Noir. The Rosé is 80% Noir, 20% Chardonnay. For all cuvées, grapes are lightly sulfured at press to prevent oxidation. The wine ferments in old barrels until June of the following year. It then spends 30 months aging in barrel, after which it is bottled and aged on the lees for 2 more years with concentrated organic grape must where it undergoes second fermentation. Every bottle is disgorged by hand and has zero dosage.
The Charmoire Glou Glou – a still, Pinot Noir, is as the name suggest a total quaffer. It’s 100% whole cluster and is aged in 10 year old fûts for 4 months. Yields are extremely low at 20hl/ha and the alcohol is a deliciously digestible at 11.5% in 2017.