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A single grape, an outstanding vintage. Our Blanc de Blancs is quite simply the combination of exceptional quality Chardonnay in an exceptionally good year.
2006 has been a difficult year, giving must of low acidity but great finesse. The vines suffered from a mixed summer with a heat wave in July followed by a rainy August. The picking had to be carried out very quickly because the grapes were quite delicate as a result of the heavy rainfall in September. Minerality and finesse are the main characteristics of this cuvée, produced from Chardonnay harvested from our Premiers Crus vineyards in the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims (Vertus, Villers- Marmery, Trépail et Vaudemange).
Sparkling, brilliant, straw gold. Very lively with good persistent mousse.
The wine has notes of dried flowers, morello cherries and brioche.
Fresh and light at first, then an explosion of mouthwatering flavours with white peaches and citrus notes in abundance. Very long, light, elegant finish.
THE TIME AND PLACE
Cries out to be enjoyed with seafood and fish – especially freshwater varieties in a light sauce. Wonderful also with a plate of oysters, or a selection of fresh goat’s cheese... and would make any early summer picnic very special.
“To accompany this very elegant champagne, my choice would be fresh crab in a light shellfish gelée, served with a lemon cream and fennel dressing?” Mickaël Gracieux
Winner of the Champagne JACQUART Rising Stars Trophy 2008 – Provence Côte d’Azur
Restaurant "L’Aromate”, Nice, France
A cold winter and springtime frosts laid the foundations for this vintage of abundant yields (12,997 kg/ha). Uneventful flowering was followed by exceptionally hot and sunny weather, which lasted until August. A dank August left producers fearful but fortunately warm, bright conditions in September redressed the balance. Harvest commenced on September 9th, producing grapes high in sugar level but notably low on acidity. The general health of the grapes was sufficient, producing wines which excel over the preceding 2005 vintage, another warm and ample year. The year's greatest wines are supple and expressive and despite the richness they escape being overly heavy. Overt and welcoming upon launch, the best come with excellent capacity for ageing. Winey, and richly fruity characters, most Champagnes regrettably miss some tension and finesse. Wines of the vintage include Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Krug Vintage and Dom Pérignon Rosé.