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Brilliant, surging and shimming the whirling bubbles evoke a spellbinding magic. The aromas of fresh bread and hazelnuts melt into a amalgam of peaches and acacia. In the mouth it is direct and immediate, developing flavours of the Mirabelle plum in a whirl of cinnamon and citrus fruits.
Mailly Champagne, vineyard classified as Grand Cru.
Pinot Noir 75% - Chardonnay 25 %
Hand picked, crop pressing of the full bunch. Alcoholic fermentation at 16°. Malolactic fermentation in thermo regulated inox stainless steel vats. Ageing on laths in traditional chalk caves.
The harvest of 2000 has produced grapes with generous aromatic juices. They express themselves in this special blend of this vintage cuvee.
8g of sugar per litre
This champagne Le Feu Vintage 2000 has been selected by Mr Olivier Poussier, Best World Sommelier 2000, to be served on the international first and business class flights for Air France in spring 2006.
A warm and wet winter was followed by an equally wet spring. First, in May, came the seri- ous heat, which gave a fast owering around June 14. Chlorosis and mold growth were evi- dent. June and August were hot and dry. But if you were like me, and tried to have a July vaca- tion in Champagne that year, you noticed how cold and rainy it was. The weather was almost as bad as at home, with constant rain and local hailstorms.
Everything looked hopeless, but the good weather during harvest saved a decent amount of fresh grapes. Harvest started on my birthday—September 11—and ended in early October. Chardonnay and pinot meunier did better than the delicate pinot noir. The year will become sought after thanks to their magic number. The quality does not look too fancy yet though. The wines are quite light with short lives. However, it is a very enjoyable moment, with its intense exotic aromas of passion fruit and tangerine. I am delighted to recommend some romantic bottles of the successful pink trio William Deutz Rosé, Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé, and Pommery Cuvée Louise Rosé.
by Richard Juhlin/