By Wine Enthusiast
Veuve Doussot 2013 Cuvée Ernestine (Champagne)
Designation: Cuvée Ernestine
Special Designation: Cellar Selection
Variety: Champagne Blend, Sparkling
Appellation: Champagne, Champagne, France
Winery: Veuve Doussot
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
Date Published: 12/1/2018
This wine is named after Ernestine Doussot, the widow (veuve) who created this producer. Rich but tautly textured, it is balanced, elegant with a strong streak of acidity and minerality as well as tense citrus fruits. Drink from 2020.
VEUVE DOUSSOT Champagne 'Cuvée Ernestine' 2013
Report Date: February, 2017
Producer: Veuve Doussot
Drinking Window: 2017-2023
Estimated Value: $110
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
The 2013 ‘Cuvée Ernestine' is a lovely showing from the vintage. Composed of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this instantly opens to pretty aromatics of orchard fruits, lemon zest, chalky minerals, toast and hazelnuts. On the palate everything comes together beautifully, as it is supported by a crisp mousse, while remaining beautifully balanced with notable energy and focus through the gorgeous finish. This is simply delicious now and should continue to drink well over the next 5-7 years. (Best 2017-2023) - February, 2017 (JD)
By Serge Dore Selections
Veuve Doussot Champagne Brut Cuvee Ernestine 2013
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
The Joly family have been winegrowers in the heart of Champagne for over a century, and Stephane Joly continues this passionate tradition. Veuve Doussot's "Ernestine" cuvee is an ideal blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Its robust structure comes from 25-year-old Pinot Noir vines planted in Kimmeridgean clay soils. Located on 17.3 acres in the Cote des Bar region of southern Champagne, these soils, rich in clay and limestone, are perfectly suited to Pinot Noir, translating into a freshness and minerality in the final wine, with clear, crisp fruit, and a great backbone of structure to hold it all together. The addition of Chardonnay brings the whole into focus, offering a crispness and balance characteristic of this great 2012 vintage. Aged 36 months in the Veuve Doussot cellars. Pairs wonderfully with shellfish, fish, or as an aperitif.
A wonderful nose reveals bursts of white flowers and stone fruit, coming together on the palate as pear, apricot, and a drip of honey. Supple yet full-mouthed, it holds strong all the way through the long finish. This is quality Champagne indeed.
Cote de Bar - Champagne
The Cote de Bar marks the transition between the plains of Champagne and the rolling slopes of Burgundy. From the Cote des Blancs, it is some two hours south of Epernay. The largest city near the Cote des Bar and that of the Aube department in which it lies is Troyes, once abundant with textile factories but now perhaps most known for its high-quality andouillette - an aromatic sausage made from pig's intestines. Just south of the Cote des Bar, one finds the small village of Chaource, from which the creamy, buttery, and delicious cow's milk cheese takes its name. Less than an hour southwest lies the northern tip of Burgundy and the town of Chablis.
The soil in the Cote des Bar is closer to that of Chablis - Kimmeridgian marl topped by Portlandian limestone - than it is to the vineyards near Epernay and Reins, which is composed mostly by Cretaceous chalk. Unlike in Chablis, however, producers in the Aube specialize in Pinot Noir. Humid Atlantic influences coming from the west and continental influences with higher temperatures are two factors that help Pinot Noir ripen extremely well in the area. In fact, Pinot accounts for almost 90% of vines planted in the region and strongly influences the character of its champagnes. Nevertheless, the Cote des Bar has diversified terroirs. Specific soil types, local climate conditions, slope, and orientation are extremely varied, producing separate micro-climates. Each vigneron needs to be fully attentive to his own terroir in order to make the most of it.
Annual Production: 1000 cases
Vineyard Size: 17.3 acres
Location: Aube, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Planting Density: 8260 vines/hectare
Average Vine Age: 25 years
Soils: Kimmeridgean on calcareous clay soils
Type of Press: Traditional vertical press (Coquard)
First Fermentation: 68 degrees F for ten days using Saccharomyces yeast
Malolactic Fermentation: 100% with Leuconostoc oenos bacteria
Filtration: Kieselgur with 21 degrees F tartrate stabilization
Second Alcoholic Fermentation: 54 degrees F for six weeks using Saccharomyces yeast
Aging: On the lees for 36 months "sur lattes"
Dosage: 6 to 8 g/l
Imported by Serge Dore Selections
By The Beverage Testing Institute
Veuve Doussot 2013 Cuvee Ernestine Brut, Champagne
Rating: 86 Points (Highly Recommended)
Pair this wine with: Chicken, Shellfish
Category: Champagne Brut Vintage
Date Tasted: 7/14/2017
Gold color. Yeasty aromas of walnut studded bread, fresh blini with creme fraiche, caviar, and nutmeg with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length dried chamomile, dried apple, and white pepper finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice vintage Champagne with pleasing salinity.