Dumont Brut

"The viticultural area of the Aube, excluding Montgueux, is properly called the Côte des Bar, and this is itself divided into two regions: the Barséquanais and the Bar-sur-Aubois. While most of the well-known names of the Aube are in the Barséquanais, the Bar-sur-Aubois has its share of producers as well, among them the estate of R. Dumont & Fils. The Dumont family has been growing vines in Champagne since 1808, but their history of wine production dates from the 1970s, when brothers Raphaël and Robert Dumont founded the estate (hence the “R” in R. Dumont). Today it is in the hands of Bernard Dumont, who is in charge of the cellar, and his cousin Pierre, who looks after the vines. Dumont’s 23 hectares of vines are all in the village of Champignol-lèz-Mondeville, on the southwestern side of the Bar-sur-Aubois. As in the Barséquanais to the west, the predominant variety here is pinot noir, although according to Pierre Dumont, the argilo-calcaire soils here tend to be not quite as deep as those of the Barséquanais, with the bedrock closer to the surface, making the vines naturally less productive. The vines are worked according to the philosophy of lutte raisonnée, with an increasing interest in mechanical labor. In the cellar, the grapes are pressed using modern, horizontal Coquard presses, and both fermentation and malolactic take place in thermo-regulated, stainless steel tanks." -Peter Liem, Champagne Guide [+]