The Mousse family has lived in the Marne River Valley since 1650! Initially focused on growing grapes, Eugene Mousse's first champagne was bottled in 1923.
Champagne Mousse sits in the village of Cuisles, in a valley perpendicular to the Vallee de la Marne. This side valley has a unique soil in Champagne: a schist subsoil under clay. While pinot meunier often struggles to be taken seriously in Champagne, at Mousse, pinot meunier is celebrated. 80% of the vines planted are meunier, with the balance planted to pinot noir and chardonnay.
This producer is the only member of the Club de Tresor to make a Special Club wine of 100% Pinot Meunier. In the vineyards, Cedric Mousse adheres to a 'lutte raisonee' approach. He practices organic viticulture, using herbal infusions that act as 'vitamins' for the vines, cover crops, zero pesticides, and minimal doses of heavy metals like copper.
Mousse works almost exclusively in stainless steel, with the exception of a small amount of pinot meunier destined for his rose. All cuvees undergo malolactic fermentation. The resulting wines seem to gush with red and dark fruits characteristic of pinot meunier, and a structured, saline minerality.
This Champagne is the true emblem of their terroir. It was originally called Carte Or, and then Or Tradition, but then changed the name again as a tribute to Eugene. L'Or d'Eugene couldn't be more representative of their identity, regarding its blending as well as its character.
Region: Vallee de la Marne
Sites: Cuisles, Jonquery, Olizy-Violaine, Chatillon-sur-Marne
Total vineyard holdings: 5.5 hectares
Annual production: 4,100 cases
Vines: 80% pinot meunier, 16% pinot noir and 4% chardonnay
Farming Practice: Practicing Organic
Assemblage: 50% 2015, 50% 2003-2014
Malolactic Fermentation: yes
Elevage: Stainless steel