Cédric Bouchard makes some of my favorite wines in Champagne. A passionate and dedicated perfectionist, Bouchard bottles wine under two different labels: Inflorescence, which is a blanc de noirs from the vineyard of Val Vilaine in Polisy; and Roses de Jeanne, the primary label of the estate.
The unusual name of Roses de Jeanne is actually a tribute to Cédric’s Polish grandmother, who was named Janika (Jeanne in French). The rose part comes from the vineyard of Les Ursules — in the past, this 90.51-are parcel in Celles-sur-Ource used to be surrounded by rosebushes, although those have long since disappeared. Cédric says that he was looking for something distinctive, something different from the rest of the sea of names in Champagne, which is hardly surprising, considering the originality of his wines. “I like that it sounds elegant and feminine,” he says. “And it’s not just a first and last name, as is usually the case in Champagne. I mean, Champagne Cédric Bouchard, c’est super-nul, quoi. I didn’t want that at all.”
Honestly, I would happily drink his wines no matter what he called them, but I do think that Roses de Jeanne sounds rather attractive. Combined with the fact that he has the most beautiful labels in all of Champagne, it only adds to the pleasure of the experience.