Vinification :
Vinification in small oak barrels and half hogsheads. Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Malo-lactic fermentation takes place. Unfined.

Tasting notes
Red fruits on the nose, with some citrus hints. The champagne has a straightforward profile in the mouth, with a small point of salty minerality.

Serve at 10 °C (50°F) as an aperitif, with poultry, white meat in a cream sauce, or a noble fish.


60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. As with Boulard’s other non-vintage cuvées, the Grand Montagne consists generally of three vintages with reserve wines making up about 30% of the blend. In the current bottling, the base is 2012 with reserve from 2010 and 2011. The fruit comes from the grand cru village of Mailly-Champagne in the Grand Montagne zone of the Montagne de Reims. The Mailly vineyards vary quite a bit in exposure and soil particulars but generally are northern-oriented and favorable for Pinot Noir, which makes up 75% of its plantings, with the rest in Chardonnay. Boulard rents and organically farms a parcel with vines averaging 30 years old on clay-limestone soils.

As for all Boulard wines, the grapes are harvested by hand and pressed gently; only first-press juice (la cuvée) is used. It is fermented spontaneously in oak, a combination of 5-hectoliter half-hogsheads and well-used, neutral Burgundian and Champagne barrels. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and remains on its lees with regular stirring (bâtonnage) but only on fruit and flower days per the lunar calendar; it is bottled without fining and with a minimal amount of sulfur. The wine was disgorged by hand in March 2016 and finished with a small 5 gram/liter dosage.

92 points
“The new release of Grande Montagne from Francis Boulard is from the base year of 2012, with thirty percent of the blend made up of reserve wines from 2011 and 2010. The cépages is sixty percent pinot noir and forty percent chardonnay this year, with the vins clairs here all barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts. The vineyards for this bottling all lie in the village of Mailly and the wine was finished with a dosage of five grams per liter. The wine offers up a fine and complex bouquet of green apple, bread dough, chalky soil tones, dried flowers and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and youthfully snappy, with an excellent core, refined mousse, lovely focus and balance and a very long, nascently complex finish. This is a superb bottle of bubbly that will age well, but is already quite tasty. 2017-2030 . 92.”
John Gilman ,
A View From the Cellar
, May-June 2017


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