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Les Chétillons is situated in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil sur Oger and enjoys an almost perfect aspect. Three parcels of vines, ranging from 40 to 70 years of age, yield the grapes used to make this legendary cuvée. These vines, impacted by the quality of the terroir and our mass selection practices, provide the definitive statement of the particular style of this village, a style which resides in mineral power, incredible purity, and a capacity to age.
Dosage: 4 to 5g/L
"The grapes composing this cuvée are exclusively issued from three old vines of the beautiful "Terroir" of Chétillons at Le Mesnil in Oger. The minerality of the chalky soil is fully showing in this Chardonnay Cuvee, always with a vintage, only produced during the best years.
Dosage : 4 to 5 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/