L'Ouverture is Fred Savart's entry level Champagne but it is far from one-dimensional. It is 100% Pinot Noir all from the village of Ecueil, half of which was fermented in mostly neutral barrel with the other half is fermented in stainless steel. The wine is only sees partial malolactic fermentation.
The wine is in equal parts a blend of three successive vintages and aged under cork, not crown cap. Dosage is 7g/L.
Fred Savart is a force to be reckoned with. Tasting in his cellar is as much a tour of the various terroirs of the Montagne de Reims as it is a discussion of winemakers from all over the world. Fred is first and foremost a farmer and winemaker but right behind that he is a bonafide wine geek. His cellar's entrance is lined with diverse bottles from all the great names and his idea of having you over for dinner is blind tasting you on things that he's really excited about at that moment.
Constantly evolving, Fred is making almsot a dozen wines from just 4 hectares. In his own words, his winery is "a laboratory of terroirs and a creator of cuvées."
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