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  • Decanting time

    20 min
  • When to drink

    Now-2035
  • Food Pairing

    A tartare of scampi with citrus fruit or a poached turbot fillet

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The Story

Composition:
100% Chardonnay of 4 grands crus exclusively from the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.

Tasting notes:
- Appearance: Beautiful pale gold hue with crystalline reflections.
- Nose: The first nose is very mineral and chalky with notes of citrus fruit, fresh almonds and hazelnuts. The second nose then reveals notes of spices, tonka beans and nutmeg, underpinned by a lovely freshness. After several minutes, aromas of stone fruit, mocha and praline with pastry overtones start to come through.
- Palate: The wine is broad on entry with a verticality on the palate that mirrors the minerality detected on the nose. The very fine saline and iodine notes, accompanied by touches of lemon and citrus fruit, give way to spicy notes that underpin the long, warm finish and reveal the perfect harmony that emanates from this wine.

Serving recommendation:
This very fine champagne will make any great dining experience even greater, complementing the flavours of the finest of dishes. This is a very versatile champagne; its slightly saline character will marry perfectly with a tartare of scampi with citrus fruit or a poached turbot fillet, while its spicy finish will complement lightly-spiced poultry breast or a veal medallion with morel mushrooms.
This wine is best enjoyed between 8 and 10°C. and its cellar-ageing potential is excellent.

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Wine Information

A rare vintage ideal for Chardonnay:
The wine-growing year started out auspiciously with an early spring, but this promising start was then impeded by the very low temperatures in June which delayed the flowering. The summer brought thunderstorms, high temperatures and humidity, which made it difficult for the Pinot Noir grapes in particular to ripen. The vineyard plots in the Côte des Blancs selected for this champagne benefit from an ideal exposure and the decision to pick the grapes at the end of the harvest, enabled these Chardonnays to reach perfect maturity and a very high quality.

Production:
- Vinification in small 20-hl temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats and a small proportion of wooden barrels
- Alcoholic fermentation by individual plot
- Exclusive use of the cuvée
- Long, 9 months’ ageing on the fine lees in small vats with regular bâtonnage (stirring of the lees)
- Late bottling in July
- Bottle-ageing on the lees: 8 years minimum
- Dosage: very light, 4-5 g/l
- Rest after disgorgement: 12 months minimum
- Vintage 2010 production: 6,240 bottles

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The 2010 Rare Vintage from Barons de Rothschild is a stunning Champagne right out of the gate. Citrus, floral and mineral notes literally explode out of the glass in a vibrant, wonderfully deep vintage Champagne that beautifully expresses the character of Chardonnay from the Côtes de Blancs. The 2010 is a blend of fruit from Avize, Cramant, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, all Grand Cru villages. It was fermented in a combination of stainless steel and oak and then saw relatively long élevage of around ten months prior to being bottled in July 2011. Dosage was around 4 grams per liter. Production is just over 6,000 bottles, which is tiny for the region. The 2010 Rare Vintage in an especially vinous Champagne that is also a perfect example of a trend I have written about over these last few years, and that is large houses quietly making wines that expose the more adventurous style often seen in the most progressive of the grower domaines. (Originally published in August 2020)

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Light, green yellow colour. Fresh, intense nose with fresh apples, fine touch of brioche and vanilla. Dry, elegant and refined mousse, long lean finish with good concentration. Layered champagne with delicate complexity. JL 89p (9/9/2020)

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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Grapes

100% Chardonnay

Drinking temperature

7-9C

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