Winery Profile

In 2010, at the age of 26, Etienne decided to take control of his grandparents’ 2.8 hectares of vineyards scattered in and around Avize, which had previously been sold off to the grandes maisons. Stewardship of the terroir is the basis for great Champagne, so Etienne set out to ensure that all the vineyards (all the vines are at least 30 years old) are planted with grass cover crops, plowed (mostly by horse), and farmed following lutte raisonnée methods (they are farming organically since 2013 but aren’t certified).

Etienne himself had overseen the pressing of the grapes before they were sent off to the big houses, and he decided to maintain the strict quality controls already in place while adding a few personal touches. Each parcel is vinified separately, with a small percentage of the Rose de Craie and Infiniment Blanc aged in old barrels. All bottles are aged on the lees for 36 months, and an additional 3 months is given after disgorgement before the wines are released.

Calsac has an eye for experimentation, so expect to see new releases over the next few years, including Pinot Noir from family vineyards in the Aube and an extremely limited bottling from the monopole Clos des Maladries in Avize, planted by Etienne’s grandfather. His potential is unlimited – though his highly sought-after wines are not.


“Etienne Calsac is one of the most exciting young producers in the Cotes des Blancs. His incisive and pure Chardonnay-based champagnes are an exceptional interpretation of the chalky terroir surrounding Avize.” – Josh Adler, Paris Wine Company



Wines

Champagne Extra Brut ‘L’échappée Belle’ NV: Practicing Organic. 95% Chardonnay / 5% Pinot Noir. 29 year old avg vines. Clay-limestone soils. Chardonnay mainly from 1er cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs, Grauves with North and Northwest exposure. Direct press of the entire harvest with separation of the juice. Only the “cuvée” is kept for the vinification. Wine aged on the lees for 7 months before bottling. Base wine 2010 vintage. Base wine aged on the lees for 7 months before bottling. 36 months sur lattes. Dosage 2 g/L MCR).

Champagne Blanc de Blancs ‘Infiniment’ NV: Practicing Organic. 100% Chardonnay. Sourced from two villages Bisseuil (premier cru) and Avize (grand cru). Vine age is 29 years on average. Limestone and chalk with South and Southeast exposure. Plowing by tractor and horse to fully express the complexity of the terroir. The parcel in Avize comes from the Clos des Maladries, a monopole of 0.17 ha planted by Etienne’s grandfather in the 1960s which faces due south and sits on chalk soils. Entirely from the 2011 vintage. Very slowly pressed with just the coeur de cuvee going into the blend. Wine aged on the lees for 7 months with naturally occuring malo before bottling. 15% of the wine is fermented and aged in used barrels which he gets from Bereche and the rest is aged in stainless steel. 26 months sur lies. Disgorged in July 14. Dosage 6 g/l (MCR).

Champagne Rosé de Craie NV: 86 % Chardonnay 14% Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay (2012 vtg) is sourced from Chardonnay mainly from the terroirs of Bisseuil (80%) and Avize (20%) with the Pinot Noir (2011 vtg) coming from the Montagne de Reims. Average vine age of 30 years. Limestone and chalk with South and Southeast exposure. Plowing by tractor and horse to fully express the complexity of the terroir. Direct press of the entire harvest with only the coeur de cuvée kept for the vinification. Wine aged on the lees for 7 months with natural malo before bottling. 10% of the wine is fermented and aged in used barrels purchased from Bereche, unfiltered and not cold-stabilized. 24 months minimum on the lees. Dosage 7 g/l (MCR). 72 cs produced.

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