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Blend : 25% Chardonnay and 75% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, of which around 12% is AOC Cumières Rouge. The fruit is from 15 different villages but based on the family vineyard holdings in the villages of Cumières, Damery, Hautvillers and Verneuil.
Ageing: minimum 3 years.
At first the nose shows both red and black fruits. There are notes of wild violet followed by a touch of liquorice. There is ripeness and breeding on the palate, with hints of sweet red fruits. There is energy and elegance together here with a long finish with just a touch of menthol.
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.