Thursday, November 13, 2008

How Roses de Jeanne Got Its Name

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.

8 comments:

werner.j said...

Dear Peter,

I would love to try Roses de Jeanne but it quite impossible to find. Before my last trip to Champagne, I mailed Cedric Bouchard, only, he answered two months later that he had some bottles... very unfortunate for me, I missed my opportunity...
I am a big blanc de noirs fan, and I would sometimes drive the extra mile/km, but he lives well out of the champagne region for me to do the round trip from Belgium...
By the way, love the beautifull Lillbert bdb.

Werner J
Belgium

werner.j said...

Peter,

Just wanted to add that I think you write some
really meaningful things about champagne, nowhere
else to be found.
I am a true aficionado and wish you someday
write a book...?

Werner J.

Peter Liem said...

Hello Werner,

Thank you for your comments. It's true that Roses de Jeanne is difficult to find, but it is well worth a special search.

I am indeed working on a book about champagne right now, as well as another project which I hope to be able to tell you about in the not too distant future. You'll certainly hear about it in this blog!

Anonymous said...

Wine Advocate just released has given huge scores to the Cedric Bouchard wines with the Haute l'Emblee given 97 pts equal top with two others. Selosse Contraste and a Krug

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