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This Blanc de Blancs cuvée of incomparable purity is based on Chardonnay, mainly from the magnificent vineyards of Trépail and Villers-Marmery.
These Premiers Crus from the Montagne de Reims area, recognised for their elegance and freshness, are blended in a perfect accord with delicately fruity Chardonnay from the Côte de Sézanne.
This crystalline champagne exudes subtle aromas of citrus fruit, white flowers and almonds. Fresh and silky on the palate, it unrolls with finesse on beautiful mineral notes that are typical of these chalky soils.
Presentation of the Cuvée
Champagne Palmer elaborates from the only white grape-variety, the Chardonnay, a marvelous cuvée of "blanc de blancs ", always echoing an exceptional year (always a vintage one). A pure composition in its most expressive style.
The delicate Chardonnay grapes come from two Grands terroirs giving this champagne an amazing, fine and harmonious expression.
The first big region representing the major part of the cuvee, the villages of Villers-Marmery and Trépail, Premier Crus of the Mountain of Reims are exposed on the eastern slopes on chalky soils, which form some kinds of small islands of an undisputable chardonnay, among a wide sea of pinot noir.
Villers-Marmery brings its touch of delicacy and floral notes; Trépail gives a stronger note as well as freshness together with an ample touch and a mineral hint according to the plots of land. The vintage is completed by wines from La Côte de Sézanne which offers a great Chardonnay whose fruity aromas are intense and maturity always well above the average.
This crystalline champagne reveals fine floral aromas (white flowers, honeysuckle) and delicately fruity flavors (citrus fruits, white-flesh fruits, nuances of exotic fruits), of fresh almond, brioche-like and toasted notes or moka hints according to the character of the vintage year. The long-lasting, fresh and silky mouth develops and stretches on an incomparable finesse with typical mineral notes conferred by the chalky soil.
A cuvée undoubtedly dedicated to the Aperitif time which can be, as well, the prelude of a meal being sea-flavor oriented. It will pair well with oysters dressed in an onion creamy sauce; a pumpkin velouté in an espuma of shrimps; a Carpaccio of fresh scallops; a sea bass filet with a simple drop of olive oil; a cod filet delicately fried in slightly salted butter.
A cold winter and springtime frosts laid the foundations for this vintage of abundant yields (12,997 kg/ha). Uneventful flowering was followed by exceptionally hot and sunny weather, which lasted until August. A dank August left producers fearful but fortunately warm, bright conditions in September redressed the balance. Harvest commenced on September 9th, producing grapes high in sugar level but notably low on acidity. The general health of the grapes was sufficient, producing wines which excel over the preceding 2005 vintage, another warm and ample year. The year's greatest wines are supple and expressive and despite the richness they escape being overly heavy. Overt and welcoming upon launch, the best come with excellent capacity for ageing. Winey, and richly fruity characters, most Champagnes regrettably miss some tension and finesse. Wines of the vintage include Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Krug Vintage and Dom Pérignon Rosé.