Region: Cote des Bar, Champagne, France
Soils: Clay + Limestone
Vinification: Direct press, then fermented in tanks. 9 months of élevage on fine lees take place in 225L barrels and 500L demi-muids.
Aging: 18-20 months sur-lie in bottle, disgorged à la volée, and bottled without any liqueur de tirage (Brut Nature) or added SO2
Fining or Filtering: Disgorged
Dosage: 0 g/l
Sulfur: None added
Notes from the Importer: Martin Fontaine is a steep parcel of Chardonnay planted at the top of the hill with a south/southwestern exposure. The name appears to refer to an old water source at the bottom of the hill that no longer exists. The alternate name “Mort Fontaine” (the dead fountain) has been changed here to the more agreeable Martin Fontaine. In addition to their vineyards, Ruppert-Leroy operates a biodynamically-certified farm where they grow their own vegetables, raise animals, produce their own composts / biodynamic preparations, and host conferences on biodynamics.