Made of 15% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot noir and 50% Pinot meunier. Lightgolden color with refined effervescence. On the nose: an attack of sweet yeasts, linden blossom, elderflower blossom and peach. After a while tones a non-ripe mirabel plum, grapefruit and sabayon came forward. The mouthfeel is soft but has a rather watery texture. On the palate: peach, a dot of pineapple, sweet yeast, elderflower and a haze of toasted white bread. On the finish we get citrus acidity with proceding peachtones .
Francois gained valuable experience at the Hospices de Beaune, Domaine de Montille, M Chapoutier and in the Antipodes. It was wine writer James Halliday at Coldstream Hills who introduced François to New Zealand wines, which led to his crossing the Tasman and working at both Pegasus Bay in Canterbury and Gypsy Dancer in Central Otago, whose winemaker he married and has brought back to the family base in the village of Ludes on the Montagne de Reims.
This prolonged exposure to the unpolluted air of the Land of the Long White Cloud presumably served only to strengthen the Huré determination to clean up their act in the vineyard (Champagne’s vineyards are notorious). They claim to have been fully sustainable since 2000 but three years ago stopped using herbicides and started to cultivate their soil and have so far converted 60% of their vineyards thus. They have also been experimenting with biodynamic viticulture and report that the soil does now seem to have more oxygen and life in it