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The true expression of the House style. Elegant, fresh, light, well-balanced with good length, this is the perfect celebration champagne. Blend: 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier, with around 20% reserve wine. 20 different villages are used, based on our own vineyards in Cumières, Damery, Hautvillers and Verneuil.
Aged: Average of 3 years age.
On the nose the aromas are fine, delicate and complex, with notes of apple and pear. Fresh attack, lots of life, and is yet supple, round and most refreshing on the finish.
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.