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Eric Rodez Lieux Dits Les Genettes 2012

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Description & Technical Information
The Rodez family has been producing champagne for generations, currently owned by the eighth generation, Eric and Martine Rodez. Based in Ambonnay, the family owns 9 hectares of Pinot Noir planted along the south and south-eastern facing slopes of the village. In total Eric Rodez cultivates 16 hectares of vineyards, divided between 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. Eric Rodez developed his passion for blending when he was working at Krug and now blends between five to ten different vintages to create some cuvées. In 2012, Champagne Rodez received the Haute Valuer Environmentale certificate, due to the practices of organic and biodynamically farming and water management; Rodez was the first French agricultural domaine to receive the award. 95% of the wine Eric Rodez Blanc de Noirs uses go through no malolatic fermentation.

100% Pinot Noir from Les Genettes Vineyard, Ambonnay. Vinified entirely in oak for more complexity, the vintage is made from wines that are barrel fermented, without malolactic fermentation.

Weather: The 2012 weather has been hallmarked by many as very challenging but has created some stunning Champagne. Relatively low yields due to various weather conditions throughout the year. The winter months brought some frosts and hail which damaged the early stages of bud burst. August and September were very warm and this helped rescue and give the grapes a stunning maturity. Harvest began on 24th September.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Ambonnay; Les Genettes Vineyard
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Vintage: 2012
Dosage: 2.2 g/l
Drink: Now to 2028

Tasting Note: This champagne has a sustained gold color. The powerful nose is marked by red fruits with hints of dried fruit and candied fruit. The palate is powerful and muscular all in balance with freshness.
Champagne Eric Rodez Overview
Expert Reviews
Jancis Robinson MW
“A single vineyard in the middle of Ambonnay. Dosage 2.2 g/l. Oak and no malo.
Really quite sumptuous with an unusual nose. Nothing like a typical Blanc de Noirs. Much richer and broader. Excellent. A little autolysis in evidence.”
William Kelley
“The 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Genettes is showing very well, wafting from the glass with aromas of citrus oil, hazelnuts, dried white flowers and crisp yellow apples. Medium to full-bodied, vinous and pillow, it's elegant and incisive, with a lively core of nicely concentrated fruit and chalky back-end grip.”
News Articles
  1. Eric Rodez: Artisanal Champagne

    Eric Rodez: Artisanal Champagne

    August 15, 2019

    Having been Mayor of Ambonnay and cellar master of Champagne Rodez - considered one of the best grower champagne producers in the region - for over 30 years, Eric Rodez is one of Champagne's most eminent figures. We met in June to find out more about the man behind the distinctive blue glasses.
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