Mouzon-Leroux L&

Mouzon-Leroux L'Atavique Tradition Extra Brut NV
(Champagne, France) [WS 93] [WA 90]

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About this wine:
Sébastien Mouzon is producing certified organic wines and practicing biodynamic viticulture. He is one of the so-called “third wave” of grower-producers—marking those producers of a new generation, who are pushing the boundaries of what’s been done in this region, similar to Cédric Moussé, Benoit Dehu, and Aurelien Suenen. Sébastien’s interpretation of Verzy is refined but also unadorned and without pretense. They are delicious wines, thoughtful, restrained, mineral, and incisive; if you’re looking for creaminess you won’t find it here.

The estate is just over 7 hectares, almost all in Verzy, split over 50 different plots. Almost sixty percent of the vineyards are planted to Pinot Noir, while Chardonnay makes up just under 40 percent with four percent Arbanne, Petet Meslier, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Viticulture is certified organic and tinctures of horsetail, dandelion, wicker, nettle, yarrow and oak are used in addition to the biodynamic horn manure 500 preparation. Horses are used for ploughing and sheep are used to control cover crops. Grapes are harvested with high physiological ripeness; with biodynamic viticulture allowing for balanced sugar ripeness. Fermentation and elevage is done in a mix of steel tanks and 500-liter, 4 to 5-year-old Jadot barrels, the only estate in Burgundy that has their own tonnellerie.

A blend of mostly 2015, with some 2014 and 2013, the Mouzon-Leroux l’Atavique is a savory and wild expression from the grand cru village of Verzy. Produced from certified organic (practicing biodynamic) Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines, Sébastien Mouzon crafts a masterful Champagne. Texturally, l’Atavique tends to the leaner side of Champagne but aromatically offers dark fruit, sweet herbs, and a lightly smokey character that hints at the flinty soils of Verzy.

Cépage: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay
Assemblage: 55% 2019, 45% 2017-2018
Village/Vyd: Verzy Grand Cru; Clay, chalk, and flint
Malo: Yes
Élevage: 80% French oak, 20% stainless steel
Sur Latte: 36 Months
Dégorgement: October 2022 (0)
Farming: Certified Organic, Practicing Biodynamic

Tasting Notes:

These are some of the most exciting wines we’ve tasted in a very long time – pure expressions of Verzy Grand Cru, one of the most interesting and diverse terroirs in the Montagne de Reims. Sébastien Mouzon is producing certified organic wines and practicing biodynamic viticulture.

Ratings & Reviews:

93 Points - Wine Spectator

"A sculpted Champagne that's firm and mouthwatering, yet the fine and creamy mousse softens the impression, bringing overall harmony. The baked white cherry, raspberry coulis, pickled ginger and anise notes are underscored by a streak of salty mineral, and accents of lime blossoms and graphite chime on the finish. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Disgorged February 2021. Drink now through 2025. 125 cases imported."

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Disgorged in February 2021 with two grams per liter dosage, the NV Extra-Brut L’Atavique Tradition offers up aromas of mint, lime zest, crisp orchard fruit and vanilla pod. Medium-bodied, taut and linear, it's chalky and incisive, with racy acids, a pillowy mousse and a long, saline finish. Best After 2021"