Champagne Cuvee Terre d’Irizée Extra Brut, Régis Poissinet, France NV
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Biodynamic – family-run – working horses in vineyards
Champagne Régis Poissinet
The seven-hectare estate of Champagne Régis Poissinet in the Marne Valley has been family run since 1947. Since Régis himself as taken over the management of the business, there have been a number of key changes in terms of philosophy and style.
Nowadays, the team work with absolute respect for their natural environment, without the use of herbicides. The changes have prompted the flourishing of fauna and flora, with Regis now far more content with the health of his soils and the living micro-organisms they contain.
Another key change was the decision to re-introduce working horses to the vineyard. In the words of Regis, “the use of horses in the vines is neither quaint nor picturesque about it, but is simply an extension of our philosophy. For us their work is invaluable in aerating the earth on steep inclines that are otherwise inaccessible.”
Terre d’Irizée is a cuvée made from a blending of several vintages, with around 40% of reserve wines. Regis believes this Champagne manages to encapsulate all the subtleties of his unique terroir.
Dominated by Meunier (84%) and backed up with Chardonnay, hints of citrus zest, white peach and bright nectarine dominate the nose. On the palate there is a vibrant structure, righteous with a smooth texture, slightly saline. The length in the mouth is remarkable-reminding one of the juicy bitterness of passion fruit.