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This exceptional vintage originates from the selection of old chardonnay vines from the prestigious vineyard in Vertus. Harmonious reflection of one of the greatest terroir of the Côte des Blancs, Cuvée Lady distinguishes itself by its unique character. A demanding wine making, plot by plot, a long ageing in our cellars during 9 years together with a very low dosage reveal the quintessence of the house.
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 9 years of ageing
Dosage: 4 g/L
A warm and wet winter was followed by an equally wet spring. First, in May, came the seri- ous heat, which gave a fast owering around June 14. Chlorosis and mold growth were evi- dent. June and August were hot and dry. But if you were like me, and tried to have a July vaca- tion in Champagne that year, you noticed how cold and rainy it was. The weather was almost as bad as at home, with constant rain and local hailstorms.
Everything looked hopeless, but the good weather during harvest saved a decent amount of fresh grapes. Harvest started on my birthday—September 11—and ended in early October. Chardonnay and pinot meunier did better than the delicate pinot noir. The year will become sought after thanks to their magic number. The quality does not look too fancy yet though. The wines are quite light with short lives. However, it is a very enjoyable moment, with its intense exotic aromas of passion fruit and tangerine. I am delighted to recommend some romantic bottles of the successful pink trio William Deutz Rosé, Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé, and Pommery Cuvée Louise Rosé.
by Richard Juhlin/