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Origin: Made from grand cru Chardonnays from different plots of the family vineyards of Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger, this wine is made from only the best vintages. It is nuanced with silky and toasty aromas, with a well-balanced ‘‘minerality’’.
Tasting: Clear wine with green reflections. The perlage is present and rhythmic. On the nose , there are toasted and nuts (hazelnut) aromas supported by aromas of white flowers. The powerful and fleshy palate reveals brioche and fresh butter notes completed by a strong minerality and citrussy. The finish is long and shows the origin of its great terroir. This wine has an aging potential of 10 years.
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.