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Caze-Thibaut Champagne "Naturellement"

The Caz� family have been growing grapes on the western side of the Vall�e de la Marne for ten generations. Maison Caz� was created in 1953 when Roger Caz� became the first in his family to estate bottle. Since the 2013 vintage, Fabien Caz� has farmed 2.66 hectares of his family�s vines, which he selected for his own small and ambitious project. These vineyards are made up of a diverse and complex array of six different parcels in the villages of Ch�tillon-sur-Marne and Vandi�res on the right bank of the Marne River. He proudly continues the family tradition of meticulous farming and producing precise and elegant wines that transmit the character of these long-nurtured terroirs. Through the seasons, Fabien passionately follows development in the vineyard. He �scratches� or hoes the soils preferring to minimally disrupt the soil structure and plant life. In the spirit of supporting life in and around the vineyards, no herbicides or pesticides are used, and the winery has been certified organic as of the 2018 vintage. Pruning and de-leafing are rigorous endeavors, done manually, and speak to the hand crafted nature of Fabien�s commitment. The quest for precision and balance is carried into the cold, underground cellar, where Fabien prefers a more hands off approach. During the warmer months when fruit flies can inhabit the cellar, he receives a little help from his friends � a family of bats that have taken up residence and earn their keep! Not one to rush into anything, Fabien takes his time to learn and grow, and he affords the wines the same opportunity by embracing cold, slow native yeast fermentations (in 228-350L barrels) and long periods of aging on the fine lees, ranging from 24-72 months depending on the vintage and cuv�e. No fining or filtration is done, and malolactic fermentations are not forced, and with the cave's low temperature, they are rarely completed. Dosage decisions are made during blind tasting, including the option to not dose at all. Any addition of sugar is done judiciously with the goal of enhancing and never masking the true nature of the wine. With his recent induction (after only his second release) into the exclusive Terre et Vins, a collective of progressive and highly regarded winegrowers in Champagne such as Pascal Agrapart and Raphael B�r�che, it is clear that Fabien�s wines are turning heads. The Caz� line up starts with his �Naturellement� cuv�e which is a pure and bracing rendition of 100% Pinot Meunier. As with many top vignerons in the region, he also produces a range of tiny parcellaire cuv�es highlighting specific grape varieties and terroirs. In general, these are aged for a longer period en tirage before release.