In 2010 Abrau-Durso Russian Wine House acquired the champagne house of Chateau d’Avize located in the French province of Champagne. This is how the first French champagne called Foliage, produced with a minimum amount of sulphur, appeared in the Abrau-Durso collection.
Organic wines represent a new trend available only to a small number of manufacturers. The grapes for such wine are grown in strict conformity to natural cycles and the lunar calendar using special soils, hand work only, and complex manures as fertilizers. “Still” wine for the future champagne is partially matured in oak barrels. Secondary fermentation occurs in the bottle and lasts for 36 months.
GRAPE VARIETIES: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Foliage, the French biodynamic Extra Brut, was created by Hervé Jestin, an internationally renowned oenologist. It took him several years to perfect the style of the Foliage champagne based on the classic assemblage of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The Extra Brut style with minimum sugar content will be appreciated by true gourmets. This classic champagne with a soft velvety taste has a long pleasant aftertaste. Hervé Jestin himself said in an interview to Kommersant Weekend: “You shouldn’t be looking for the aromas of dried fruit, spices, bread crust, and other traditional components, although if you wish to, you will discover them.” “This is what you refer to as the ‘vertical style’ – you take a sip, and joy is born here,” says Monsieur Jestin while passing his hand from his chin towards the solar plexus.
Foliage biodynamic extra brut is an ideal accompaniment to a special moment or festive gourmet dinner with black caviar, truffles, and hot foie gras