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PASCAL DOQUET 

Pascal Doquet

Withholdings of old vines in some of the greatest terroirs in the Côte des Blancs, Pascal Doquet, has emerged over the last decade as one of Champagne's premier vignerons. After he took over his family estate, Doquet-Jeanmaire, in 1995 when his father retired, Pascal established his eponymous Domaine in 2004. Today he farms just under 9 hectares of vines including prime parcels in Vertus, Le Mont Aimé and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger—including his illustrious old vines in the parcel "Champ d'Aoulettes." Natural farming and dedication to vineyard health is the driving force for Pascal; in fact, he rarely discusses fermentation—his passion is in the vineyards. The Domaine has been certified Organic since 2010.
With holdings of old vines in some of the greatest terroirs in the Côte des Blancs, Pascal Doquet has emerged over the last decade as one of the premier vignerons inChampagne.After he took over his family estate, Doquet-Jeanmaire, in 1995 when his father retired, Pascal established his eponymous Domaine in 2004.Today he farms just under 9 hectares of vines including prime parcels in Vertus, Le Mont Aimé and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger—including his illustrious old vines in the parcel “Champ d’Aoulettes.”Natural farming and dedication to vineyard health is the driving force for Pascal; in fact, he rarely discusses fermentation—his passion is in the vineyards.The Domaine has been certified Organic since 2010.
Pascal started with his parents in 1982, and his first vintage was 1995 when he was one of the first members of "lutte raisonnée". He pushed his environmental concerns with his parents further and stopped all chemical treatments in 2000. Ultimately, the company split in 2004 with his sister taking some parcels and Pascal and Laure taking the rest. One can easily see the difference between Pascal and Laure's farming influence with a tour of the vineyards compared to the parcels they no longer manage.

Pascal employs extensive cover crops and works with a special, ultra-light tractor to avoid unnecessary soil compacting. Plant-based treatments are employed as Pascal seeks to reduce copper and sulfur use as much as possible. He is exceptionally focused on vineyard management to express the subtleties of his terroir and make honest wines. As Pascal often says "It's the viticulture that makes the difference, not the vinification."

In this spirit, the harvest is done by hand with strict triage in both the vineyards and the cellar. The grapes are pressed pneumatically, and only the best parts of the cuvée are used. The must is fermented with indigenous yeast, most often in enamel-lined tanks, but neutral oak is used in parts of the vintage Coeur de terroir cuvées. The vin-clair is left on the gross lees for a minimum of five months and receives minimum bâtonage. Almost all of the wines undergo malolactic fermentation, and all cuvées are aged for a minimum of three years before disgorgement and release.


Pascal Doquet's wines burst with energy and verve and deliver mineral-laden, multi-layered expressions of his terroirs. These are wines for people looking to experience the scintillating flavours of the Côte-des-Blancs "sans maquillage".

In this spirit, the harvest is done by hand with strict triage taking place in both the vineyards and the cellar.The grapes are pressed pneumatically and only the best parts of the cuvée are used. The must is fermented with indigenous yeast, most often in enamel-lined tanks, but neutral oak is used in parts of the vintage Coeur de terroir cuvées.The vin-clair is left on the gross lees for a minimum of five months and receives minimum bâtonage. Almost all of the wines undergo malolactic fermentation and all cuvées are aged for a minimum of three years before disgorgement and release.


The wines of Pascal Doquet burst with energy and verve and deliver mineral-laden, multi-layered expressions of his terroirs. These are wines for people looking to experience the scintillating flavors of the Côte-des-Blancs “sans maquillage.”


REGION OF PRODUCTION

Champagne - France


APPELLATION

Champagne

FOUNDED

2004

VINEYARD

18.6 ha


CLIMATE

Ocean and continental climate


SOIL COMPOSITION

Cretaceous Chalk, Marl, Silex


VARIETIES GROWN

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay


AGRICULTURE

Organic farming, manual harvest


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