Both Michel Ruelle and his wife Martine Pertois grew up with Champagne producing parents, so when they got married in the early 70’s there was only one clear thing to do. Now run by their son and daughter, Benoit and Virginie, Ruelle-Pertois remains a very small, humble and artisan winery. How they have somehow managed to remain humble and still somewhat unknown in modern day Champagne is nothing shy of miraculous. Located in Moussy, the literal crossroads of the Marne and the Cote des Blancs, and with every vine of the families Chardonnay located in Grand Cru villages, you’d have to bet against anyone like this still flying under the radar. Yet here they are, a lovely family operated gem, quietly making killer juice, keeping it real with only about 4000 cases TOTAL production each year.
Star fruit with a skosh of sourdough start, candied lemon and chopped lemongrass, honeycomb on challah, bruised apples backed by buttery brioche. Ample acidity alongside tantalizing tertiary notes, redolent of roasted almonds and round radishes. This is classic Champagne de Chardonnay to the core, complete with a bit of creme brulee. All alliterations aside; Insanely great quality vintage Champagne from your new favorite micro-grower.
Made of 100% Chardonnay from the family’s Grand Cru vineyards in Chouilly, Oiry and Cramant. Disgorged to order, usually spending on average 8 years sur lie. 7-gram dosage