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Nicolas Feuillatte’s iconic cuvée, capturing its quintessential style, Palmes d’Or Rosé Intense is only revealed through the prism of the vintage when a truly exceptional harvest year enables its primary qualities to truly shine. A wine defined by time, capable of stirring supreme emotion, offering texture and flavours of great finesse. A rare ‘saignée’ rosé, where some of the red wine juices are ‘bled’ briefly from the skins, this intense, well-structured cuvée champions not only the vintage, but also the intrinsic character of a unique Champagne. A Champagne like no other that transcends the very notion of vintage and embraces eternity. Audacity, sensuality and intensity define this fine, expressive Champagne, with its complex aromas of red fruits and flowers. An iconoclastic cuvée, defying convention and presenting the very best of Champagne, in an extraordinary moment.
A CHAMPAGNE OF UNIQUE CHARACTER
• Rosé de saignée, with its pronounced, sensual colour.
• Remains in the cellars for almost a decade.
• 100% Pinot Noir from two cru vineyards; delicately spicy Grand Cru grapes from Bouzy allied with the intense fruitladen quality of Riceys.
• Tremendous ageing potential. supreme emotion, offering texture and flavours of great finesse.
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.