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Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Terroir: Vineyards around the village of Aÿ. Blended exclusively from white (Chardonnay) grapes grown in an area known for red grapes. The product of more than one harvest, this non-vintage Champagne highlights the unique character of the terroir rather than a particular year.
Soil: Clay and limestone on belemnita quadrata chalk. This chalk variety stores and radiates solar heat, maximizes drainage of excess water and retains humidity in summer. It stores the principal minerals that give the grapes their high ester content.
Average age of vines: 25 years.
Planting: 8,300 to 10,000 vines by hectare, pruned according to “Chablis” and “Cordon de Royat” methods.
Harvest: Grapes harvested by hand in September, transported in vented crates. Hydraulic presses of 4,000 kg.
Vinification: By parcel. Static settling 15 to 20 hours. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, tartaric stabilization in small-volume, temperature controlled tanks during 3 to 4 months. Bottled 4 to 6 months after harvest. Aged on lees 3 years on average.
Dosage: 8 g/l.
Tasting Notes: Vibrant yellow-green hue, fine mousse. Delicate and fruity nose: citrus, pineapple, grapefruit with a hint of lemon. Lively palate with the finesse of Chardonnay: citrus, white flowers, mandarin. Long finish.