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The colour is pale green/straw. The nose shows biscuity Chardonnay aromas with touches of fresh fig, cinnamon and white tobacco. The Pinot adds hints of kirsch and mirabelle plums, underpinning the depth expected of a vintage wine. Long years of maturation have only served to refine these characteristics, delicately balanced by skilful dosage. The natural weight of the wine is lifted by the dominant overtones of the Chardonnay. On the palate, it is full bodied and round with all the vintage style of a typical 2000, finishing on notes of honey and crystallised citrus.
Food and wine matching:
Champagne de Castelnau Brut vintage 2000 makes a great aperitif. However, its honeyed tones go beautifully with sweet/savoury dishes such as lacquered pork and the more delicately spiced classics of oriental cuisine.
50 % Chardonnay selected for its ability to age from the best chalk soil sites
21 % Pinot Noir
29 % Pinot Meunier
Originally hailed as the best of the 1988/1989/1990 trilogy, the wines have developed quicker than anticipated with premature oxidation having crept in early on. Thus, I have downgraded my rating from five stars to four stars. There was frost damage in April but the vintage was made by the long, hot and dry summer. Rains in the latter half of August somewhat elevated the rot occurrences. Picking began during the second week of September and the crop was the third largest at the time (11,963 kg/ha) and the wines had excellent alcohol and acidity levels. The ripest vintage since 1959 is showcased by the depth and finesse of the Champagnes. The cuvées still drinking impeccably include the whole range of Dom Pérignon (Rosé, P2, Rosé, Rosé P2), Philipponnat Clos des Goisses and Louis Roederer Cristal..