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This deep yellow champagne with golden highlights has abundant beads of tiny bubbles. The expressive nose is structured around ripe pear and quince notes as well as fruit jellies.
With aeration, toasty notes appear on the scene before making way for menthol and spicy notes with ginger, cinnamon and anise.
The champagne is powerful and generous on the palate.
The finish, with a dominant flavour of cooked yellow fruits such as mirabelle, is fruity, generous and persistent.
- 54% Chardonnay
- 15% Pinot Noir
- 31% Pinot Meunier
A warm and wet winter was followed by an equally wet spring. First, in May, came the seri- ous heat, which gave a fast owering around June 14. Chlorosis and mold growth were evi- dent. June and August were hot and dry. But if you were like me, and tried to have a July vaca- tion in Champagne that year, you noticed how cold and rainy it was. The weather was almost as bad as at home, with constant rain and local hailstorms.
Everything looked hopeless, but the good weather during harvest saved a decent amount of fresh grapes. Harvest started on my birthday—September 11—and ended in early October. Chardonnay and pinot meunier did better than the delicate pinot noir. The year will become sought after thanks to their magic number. The quality does not look too fancy yet though. The wines are quite light with short lives. However, it is a very enjoyable moment, with its intense exotic aromas of passion fruit and tangerine. I am delighted to recommend some romantic bottles of the successful pink trio William Deutz Rosé, Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé, and Pommery Cuvée Louise Rosé.
by Richard Juhlin/