Champagne Clos l’Abbé, Vallée de la Marne

When Hubert Soreau arrived in Champagne from the north of France as a child, the family moved to a house just across from one of the oldest Clos in Champagne. Hubert looked directly on to the vineyard from his back garden growing up, never dreaming that one day he would make wine from the site. Le Clos l’Abbé is situated just south of Epernay where the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs meet and was originally planted in the 9th century under decree from the Bishop of Reims. It has been used for the production of Champagne since the 17th Century. Hubert’s parents bought a plot in the vineyard in 1993 and Hubert was also able to add to this in 2003 to bring his holding up to 0.35 hectares of Chardonnay from which he produces only around 1,000 bottles per year of one wine. No pesticides or herbicides are used in the vineyard and Hubert picks quite late in the season compared to others in the area at around 19.8 Brix on average. The wine is vinified and aged in used barrels from nearby Hautvilliers forest before at least 7 years in bottle prior to disgorgement. The result is an extremely rare and increasingly sought after wine that combines texture with poise and striking acidity. A complex, layered Champagne of real power and elegance.