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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.
Up to this point 1996 has been considered a fantastic vintage which produced classic wines; the best since 1990. A long, dry summer produced grapes of record ripeness with record acidity. Some, including myself, question how the 1996s are aging. The wines are generally characterized by a distinctive rather lemony acidity and very good attack, but some wines now seem terribly austere, while others already seem dangerously short of fruit. None of the subsequent vintages are quite as distinctive as 1996, which in the more successful cases should almost certainly be drunk after the 1999s.