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. If the 2006 is sunshine, this is earth, with deep notes of smoke, truffle and sous bois combining with notes of quince and grapefruit pith. The sense of freshness is here delivered by a strong suggestion of salty minerality, rather than inherently high acidity. This cuvee spent 96 months on its lees and was disgorged in July 2014.
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.