Rilly-La-Montagne in AOC 1er Cru (Montagne de
Reims) for the must and Mareuil-sur-Ay (Cote des Blancs)
for the Marc de Champagne in the « Appellation
Average age of the vines : 40 years-old.
Clayey-chalky soil with a limestone subsoil.
High Environmental Quality and Sustainable
Viticulture.Traditional Massal Selection.
Must of Pinots Noirs and Meuniers from the 2018 harvest
associated with Marc de Champagne.
Bottled : July 2019.
To the Eye : Amber colour, salmon highlights.
To the Nose: Aromas of fresh grapes, gingerbread, prunes and honey, with mineral nuances.
On the Palate: Mellow taste, aromas of candied cherry and caramel.
Enjoyed as an aperitif, but also goes very well with foie gras, melon but also with a delicious chocolate fondant, mirabelle plum tart or red fruits. More evolved, it is the perfect accompaniment to candied salty – sweet meats (tajine, game with fruits), blue-veined cheeses, “tomme de Savoie” or Cantal cheese.
Its alcoholic degree is 18°C. Best served very cool!
The « Ratafia », is an ancestral product of the Champagne region since the 13th century, long considered as “the winegrower’s aperitif”, it was recognised in 2015 as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). The ratafia is a “Mistelle” i.e. a “fresh grape must”to which strong alcohol obtained by distillation (Marc de Champagne) has been added. The added alcohol prevents fermentation and thus preserves the aromatic potential of the fresh grape. The grapes used for the musts must be the same as those claimed in the “Champagne” or “Coteaux Champenois” designations. Manufacturing must take place within 20 days of the date of pressing of the grapes used to make up the must.
« This cuvée reveals a rather fine and playful nose of discreet and elegant white fruits, far from an easy exuberance. The palate expresses itself in the same way, with a sparkling and vibrant wine and a millimeter bubble. Great brut. »
Cuvée “Grand Brut Rilly” according to the Guide Hachette des vins 2018
« Beautiful complex reserve with a nose of fine white fruits and almond paste. The palate is in line with this with a clean and complex fruit, a well found balance between vinosity, finesse of bubbles and length. A nice champagne to open for the right occasions. »
Cuvée “Brut Extra Reserve” according to the Guide des champagnes 2019 Gault et Millau
« A full and perfumed cuvée, floral in the mouth, light and round at the same time “… “. The Maurice Lepitre estate is a safe bet in the whole range, guaranteeing exemplary quality consistency and a real attachment to the terroir. Great Art…«
Cuvée ” Heritage ” according to the Guide des vins Dussert – Gerber 2020
«Chardonnay contributes 60% to this blend, with the two black grape varieties complementing it. After five years on laths, the champagne displays a brilliant pale gold color with a lively effervescence. The nose mixes acacia and butter with nuances of evolution recalling hazelnut, candied fruits or macerated in alcohol. The same profile on the palate, where the richness and vinosity are balanced by a beautiful underlying acidity.»
Cuvée ” Brut Extra Reserve “, according to the Guide Hachette des vins 2020
« Created in 1905 by Maurice Lepitre, managed from 1926 by his widow, the property with half-timbered cellars has been managed since 1981 by their descendant, Bernard Milliex. This one exploits 7ha in the Montagne de Reims, not far from the Cité des Sacres.»
About the winemaker, Guide Hachette des vins 2020