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Blend: 40 % Chardonnay, 20 % Pinot Noir, 40 % Pinot Meunier (including 20 % of reserve wine)
Dosage: 8 g/l
This is the « signature dish » of the House of Castelnau with its stand-out characteristic of long maturation. First impressions arouse the curiosity of the taster as they deliver a level of aromatic complexity rarely found in a « Non-vintage Brut. »
The strength of the toasty notes from the Chardonnay recedes gradually to allow the sensation of spicy overtones of thyme and bay leaf to emerge. There are hints of white tobacco and dried flowers as well. Thanks to the presence of the reserve wines in the blend you begin to find warm praline flavours and toasted, grilled notes: gingerbread, almond, hazelnut are balanced by fruit notes of peach and ripe apricots. The freshness on the palate comes from the Chardonnay in the blend and this
brings elegance to the finished wine. « The spirit of a vintage champagne in the body of a non vintage one » is perhaps the best way to describe the Brut Réserve.
Food and wine matching:
Perfect with canapés such as scampi tempura or scallop croquettes ; or if with a meal then with sole or lightly sauteed veal sweetbreads.