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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 cold winter and a mild late spring cued for a perfect June allowing early and fast flowering. Outstanding weather conditions prevailed and the season went on without dramatic turns. Rains in August raised concerns regarding gray rot, but finally sunshine and dry conditions throughout September resulted in an abundant crop of largely healthy fruit (11,930 kg/ha). Dehydration due to wind further aided in achieving perfect ripeness and additional concentration. This, and the cool nights, helped in retaining fresh acidity and, despite the ripeness (10.3% potential alcohol), the wines did not suffer from heaviness or a lack of life. A near-perfect vintage, which produced balanced Champagnes consistently around the region. The best show an impeccable combination of freshness, power, structure and finesse. However, some have matured aromatically quicker than expected and are already past their peak. 2002 produced an abundance of spectacular champagnes, such as Dom Pérignon (the entire range), Krug Vintage and Clos du Mesnil, Piper-Heidsieck Rare, Louis Roederer Cristal and Cristal Rosé, Ruinart Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé, Salon Le Mesnil and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, to name a few.