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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.
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.
An unusually warm spring led to early flowering and initial optimism, which soon gave way to disappointment following one of the murkiest summers on record. Overall, 2007 was a difficult vintage saved by last-minute sunshine in late-August. Mildew and rot were the main culprits of the harvest, and the level of gluconic acid rocketed. The harvest began early, on August 24th, and was abundant in volume averaging 14,242 kg/ha. Pinot Meunier posed the biggest problems and Chardonnay clearly outperformed the rest. Many of the iconic prestige cuvée blanc de blancs were successfully produced, such as Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Ruinart Dom Ruinart, Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Louis and Salon Le Mesnil. Some blended prestige cuvées such as Louis Roederer Cristal and Philipponnat Clos des Goisses were also made. Champagnes from 2007 are typically high in acidity and restrainedly classic in style, but lack the spine and strength of the greatest harvest years. Even if the vintage only receives three stars, its best Chardonnays are well worth seeking and storing.