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Golden yellow tones shimmering with green highlights accentuate a constant stream of lively, delicate bubbles. The nose opens on deep aromas of candied citrus mixed with scents of white peaches, Granny Smith apples, ginger and lime-flower. The palate shows a lovely delicacy, evolving towards a balance of roundness and power: lively and mature on the attack with chalky, lemony notes underlining a mineral quality that is offset by a suggestion of almonds, nectarines and bergamot.
Pure Chardonnay, 100% Grand Cru, the “Exception Blanche” (white exception) blends together wines from our Mailly Champagne vineyard and the best soils on the Côte des Blancs. This special Vintage Blanc de Blancs will enchant you by its subtle harmony and its balance between minerality and roundness.
A difficult start to the year led to early budbreak. There were some damaging hailstorms in early May, but the frost ultimately stayed away. The summer was overall warm and thanks to the hot and dry August, the grapes looked promising for the harvest. However, a damp September challenged producers and dilution was an issue for some. The 1999 harvest that started on September 15th produced a large yield (12,989 kg/ha) of sweet grapes that resulted in soft wines, low in acidity, which produced Champagnes that, in many cases, miss linearity and structure. Voluptuous and enjoyable with ripe, fruity, even exotic characters but in most cases for the medium-term only, even if the best seem to be maturing better than initially expected. The red wines of the year were exceptional and resulted in some outstanding prestige cuvée rosés, such as Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé and Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé.