A whopping 105 months on its lees before disgorgement in April 2014, this is classically 2004 with an inherent sense of detail, finesse and precision. A very fine sense of minerality underscores the notes of fresh lemon, lime pith and white flower that, for all their intensity and persistence, simply dance across the palate. This appears to capture the very best elements of 2004 and is only really at the very start of its drinking window. A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, grown on vines older than 50 years exclusively in the Grand Cru Village of Ambonnay. The final dosage for this cuvee is just 2g/l.
A class act. Top-drawer champagnes with a real cult following. These guys are old hands, one of the original grower champagne producers before anybody even talked about “grower champagnes”. The style is authentic above all, with minimal filtration, and shows off the outstanding terroirs they have in Ambonnay. They are iconoclastic, the most distinctive characteristic of which is their use of extended lees contact and barrel fermentation. The grapes are harvested ripe and dosage is low. These factors really brings out the richness of their Pinot Noirs, a luxury which they are afforded by the natural minerality and acidity they get from their terrific sites. These are outstanding champagnes and not to be missed.
Champagne is the world's original and most famous region for the production of sparkling wine. A range of styles are produced from the Non-Vintage, through Rose, Vintage and more recently a host of prestige, Vintage luxury cuvees. The three permitted grape varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.