Domaine Vincey Oger Grand Cru.
The Vincey family have been growing grapes in Oger for 8 generations and for the major part, the resulting Champagne has been produced by the Oger Cooperative. Vincey sends grapes to the Co-op and they get back bottles which they can mature in their cellars for as long as they like and disgorge when necessary. This is their RC business.
Young Quentin Vincey and his wife Marine have refocussed the vision of their Grand Cru vineyards in Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Chouilly. They have decided to convert their very best vineyard parcels to biodynamics and to buy a small timber press and produce only vintage cuvées as part of their new Recoltant-Manipulant business. Their other vineyard grapes will still go to their RC range of Champagnes which include non-vintage cuvées. So this Domaine range of Champagne will always be ONLY vintage.
Their first two cuvées are from Oger and are a simple concept. One cuvée is a blend of Oger parcels, and the other is a mono parcel. They will also have similar cuvées from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in a few years. Terroir flavour wise, Oger sits between Avize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, and shares some similarities from each but very much adds its own level of opulence and minerality. Oger is a mini-amphitheatre and hence has an excellent level of ripeness with hints of white fruit. Oger is famous for the Clos of Claude Cazals. Many of the big Champagne houses control vineyards in Oger.
Domaine Vincey La Premiere 2014
100% Chardonnay from a blend of 50 year old vine parcels in Oger. No herbicide, no pesticide, no chaptalisation. Fermented in 50% oak barrels and 50% steel tank. No malo-lactic fermentation, no fining and no filtration. Dosage extra-brut at 3gm/litre. Hugely mineral and intense. Pure and long with a subtle mousse. Very limited release but I may get another allocation later in the year. An outstanding first release.
Domaine Vincey “Le Grand Jardin” 2014
100% Chardonnay from a single vineyard “Le Grand Jardin” massale selection planted in 1967. No herbicide, no pesticide, no chaptalisation. Fermented in 100% oak barrels. No malo-lactic fermentation, no fining and no filtration. Bottled under cork not crown capsule. Dosage is Brut Nature. More textural than the ”La Premiere” with ripe citrus and tropical overtones. This vineyard is just over the road from the Vincey cuverie down the hill a hundred metres. An outstanding first release and maybe I will get a few more bottles later in the year.