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    1 102
  • Producer ranking ?

    125
  • Decanting time

    10 min
  • When to drink

    Now-2030
  • Food Pairing

    Grilled turbot, smoked salmon with fennel & tuna pastrami

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The Story

Every Grand Vintage is unique and original, the Cellar Master’s free, personal interpretation in service of revealing the exceptional personality of singular vintage years. 

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Wine Information

2012 is our 74th Grand Vintage; and is exceptional in its maturity, complexity and charisma.

The 2012 Grand Vintage evokes the transition from spring to summer. It offers superb harmony, accompanied by softness and freshness.

Blend: This vintage’s red grape varieties were particularly good, especially the Meunier, which explains their dominant proportion in the blend. For once, the Chardonnay stays slightly in the background :Chardonnay 41%, Pinot Noir 33% and Pinot Meunier 26%

Ageing in cellars: at least 5 years

Ageing after disgorging: at least 6 months

Dosage: 5g/litre

Tasting notes: A shimmering color of bright, pale yellow with glints of green, and fine, persistent bubbles. A bouquet characterized by freshness: Initial notes of fresh white flowers evolve towards sweet, fragrant pastries, with occasional scents of fresh walnuts, hazelnuts and biscuits. In parallel, the fruit is crisp, freshly ripened, with aromas of pear, white peach and nectarine. The attack is soft, supple and fluid. The palate then develops texture, with a softness like cashmere or felt. This initial softness gradually reveals a purity, the crisp structure lengthens, lingering, to offer an iodized, tangy finish, underscored by a mouthwatering hint of grapefruit.

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Vintage 2012

2012 was deemed one of the best vintages the Champagne region has ever experienced. “The quality and the intensity are definitely there to make an outstanding vintage,” Dom Perignon chef de cave Richard Geoffroy told Decanter. The base wines show a lovely richness as well as the acidity needed to make outstanding and long-lived Champagnes. Yields are very low, in some places half of the allowed production.

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Average Bottle Price

2020
53€

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Written Notes

Bright, pale yellow, with green reflections and a fine, persistent bead.

The nose hints of fresh white flowers, which develop into aromas of sweet pastry, walnuts and hazelnuts, then ripe pear, white peach and nectarine.

A supple and soft-textured champagne, its initial sweetness gives way to a more structured acidity. A persistent finish reveals a hint of iodine underscored by a zesty note of pink grapefruit.

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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Grapes

41% Chardonnay
33% Pinot Noir
26% Pinot Meunier

Drinking temperature

6-8C

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