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    1 640
  • Producer ranking ?

    10
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    2020-2025
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

Origin: Verzenay - Grand Cru

Blend: 2/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Chardonnay

Ageing: Minimum 5 years on lees

Dosage: 0 g/l

Production: < 8000 bottles

Named after two family members, this prestigious wine, made from a selection of our best Grand Cru parcels of Verzenay, is based primarily on the outstanding 2002 vintage. It was bottled in 2003 and was aged on lees until its disgorgement date, mentioned on the back label.

Tasting note: Slightly amber-colored, Diane Claire is exceptionally complex on the nose, with intense notes of red fruits, nuts, humus and brioche, typical of extra mature Champagnes. On the palate, it is full bodied yet extremely well balanced, with a very long finish, perfectly expressing the Terroir of Verzenay.

This exclusive wine was produced in fewer than 8,000 bottles. For optimal ageing follow up and traceability, the disgorgement date is mentioned on the back label and the bottles are individually numbered.

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Wine Information

Named after two family members, this prestigious wine, made from a selection of our best Grand Cru parcels of Verzenay, is based essentially on the outstanding 2002 vintage. It was bottled in 2003 and was aged on the lees until its disgorgement date, mentioned on the back label.

Its concentrated nose, delicate bubbles and texture on the palate make it ideal to be served on special occasions – aperitif or gastronomic meal.

2/3 Pinot Noir - 1/3 Chardonnay - zero dosage

Less than 9000 bottles of this cuvée were produced, and each bottle is numbered.

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Vintage 2002

A cold winter and a mild late spring cued for a perfect June allowing early and fast flowering. Outstanding weather conditions prevailed and the season went on without dramatic turns. Rains in August raised concerns regarding gray rot, but finally sunshine and dry conditions throughout September resulted in an abundant crop of largely healthy fruit (11,930 kg/ha). Dehydration due to wind further aided in achieving perfect ripeness and additional concentration. This, and the cool nights, helped in retaining fresh acidity and, despite the ripeness (10.3% potential alcohol), the wines did not suffer from heaviness or a lack of life. A near-perfect vintage, which produced balanced Champagnes consistently around the region. The best show an impeccable combination of freshness, power, structure and finesse. However, some have matured aromatically quicker than expected and are already past their peak. 2002 produced an abundance of spectacular champagnes, such as Dom Pérignon (the entire range), Krug Vintage and Clos du Mesnil, Piper-Heidsieck Rare, Louis Roederer Cristal and Cristal Rosé, Ruinart Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé, Salon Le Mesnil and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, to name a few.

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