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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
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.