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Everything in this Cuvée evokes elegance and traditional craftsmanship.
From the 250 years old method of tying the cork by hand, to the engraved signature of the Count de Dampierre, the Family reserve is splendid just looking at it.
It's when you taste it, that you realize how this magnificent blend of Chardonnay, coming from the finest grapes, will give you intense and durable pleasure.
The Family Reserve that comes together with gilded scissors to cut the twine will be most admired during the apéritif.
A great example of how large yields do not necessarily mean poor quality in Champagne. As a reaction to the previous year's low yields, the vines produced one of the largest crops on record. The growing season proceeded without major difficulties but the bumper crop called for bud thinning. August brought about cooler weather and some rains, increasing the risk of rot. The massive crop, averaging 13,990 kg/ha, was picked from September 18th onwards. The quality was a pleasant surprise; vibrant wines with appropriate intensity, refined charm and refreshing lightness. This vintage impresses me more and more, and I feel tempted to give it the full five stars. It comes with a rare balance of freshness, lightness, yet fine aromatic intensity. Post-release, this vintage has proven to be slow to age, and elegant wines are likely to keep on ageing gracefully. Dom Pérignon and Louis Roederer Cristal both excelled.