Louis Dressner Selections - Wine Importer
Olivier and Marie Horiot's Champagnes and Rosé des Riceys.
Olivier Horiot. Photo by Jules Dressner.


In the southern-most part of the Champagne region, the Côte des Bar in the Aube department, there is the town of Les Riceys, where the slopes are blessed with the portlandian formation of Kimmeridgian chalk, that same great stuff that is the foundation of the finest Chablis and Sancerre. Except here the idea was to plant Pinot Noir on these chalky slopes, do a long maceration, often using whole bunches, and then age it a few years (at least 3) before release -- not exactly your average deck wine.


This interview with Olivier Horiot took place at L'Herbe Rouge in February, 2013.


This visit with Olivier Horiot took place in July 2013.

Words by Jules Dressner, photos by John Kafarski and Jules Dressner.


A.O.C Rosé des Riceys "En Valingrain"and "En Barmont"
Soil: Kimmeridgian chalk
Grape: Pinot Noir
Vinification: strict selection of grapes from two separate sights - en Valingrain and en Barmont - vinifying them separately. The wines start with about 10% of the grapes that are foot-trodden at the bottom of the cuve, then whole bunches are added. Macerations usually last 5-6 days with pumping over twice a day. after the wine is racked into older barrels and remains there for a few years. it is bottled without fining or filtration.
Aged in barrel on the lees.