It requires premium quality grapes: Premier Cru Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs and Pinot Noir from the Marne Valley. Then there is the expertise and mastery of traditional techniques, through to the creativity and skill necessary to produce a perfect aromatic balance. Even more fundamental, is the passing on of precious secrets, along with the fruits of experience, and love for a family terroir: a heritage.
Creating a Champagne that grabs and then holds the attention demands absolute rigor. A tasting experience that captures the audience can only emerge through persistent boldness and creativity. The quest to offer something that will cast a spell over the most demanding palates requires curiosity, humility and desire. Raised with an infusion of knowledge, expertise and family experience, Carbon gained an appetite to constantly learn more, and go ever further.
As it maps out its own unique path, Carbon collects special qualities and distinctive characteristics. Its soil, the ferment of life from which the grapes that produce it burst forth, is the first specificity of its identity. The oak of its barrels, that guarantees optimal deployment of the potential of each wine, provides its signature. The nature of the cork is also significant. Sealed in the traditional style, Carbon Champagnes benefit, thanks to the cork, from just the right amount of oxygen, enabling the complete development of the wine, while maintaining its freshness. Another distinguishing factor is the gentle rotation of the barrels. This caressing, and-operated movement is key: a half or quarter turn detaches the lees in barrel, putting them back into suspension, and enriching the wine with compounds in the sediment.
One more word on tasting. Regarding the rule in the tasting edict that Champagne should be accompanied by straight, vertical lines, Carbon begs to differ. Could it not be that rounded, generously curved glasses embody a more natural, more intense form of pleasure? Our glasses are therefore spherical, like full moons, destined to draw the champagne’s aromatic development to its climax.