Domaine de Bichery 'La Source' Brut Nature 2018
We met with Raphael and Hannah at the Domaine in October 2022 - tasting from tank, barrel and bottles. We can attest to the quality and potential of this quality focused organic Domaine. They're the face of a new generation emerging in Champagne - cutting edge!
Sourced from 3 vineyards Val Lige, La Fontaine de Noyers and L'Envers (which we also tasted separating, the 2022 in tank/barrel). A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay of which 40% is fermented and aged in oak barrels and 60% in stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation, the wine remains on the lees until disgorgement. Disgorgement March 2021, unfiltered. Dosage: 0 g/l, 3354 bottles and 67 magnums were filled. This is decidedly rich, direct and balanced - a delight to experience!
Btw drinking undisgorged bottles is such a treat - so fresh and alive!
The Finer Details
Variety - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Country - France
Region - Champagne
Sub Region - Aube : Neuville-sur-Seine
Vintage - 2018
Extra - Cork
Volume - 750ml
Domaine de Bichery is a relatively new project of Raphael and Hannah with their first production in 2015. In 2013 after numerous winemaking positions around the globe, Raphael Picconet returned to his family's operation in the Cote des Bar. The family's vineyards have now been split between Domaine de Bichery and Raphael's brother who operates separately.
The Domaine now owns numerous old vine vineyards in the surrounding area - Neuville Sur Seine, Meurville & Cote des Bar. The plantings comprise of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and a minor component of Pinot Meunier. The Domaine is certified organic by ECOCERT. The Domaine produces both Champagne and Coteaux Champenois (still) wine.