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  • Country ranking ?

    505
  • Producer ranking ?

    1
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

The blend is 80% Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards, with 75% coming from the Côte des Blancs (Avize, Chouilly, LeMesnil-sur-Oger, and Oger) and 25% from the Montagne de Reims (Sillery and Verzenay); ther emaining 20% is composed of Pinot Noir made into red wine, from the only Grand Cru vineyardin Aÿ.

Vinification:

  • Wine characteristics for the year in Champagne
  • Potential alcohol: 9.3° for Chardonnay, 9.5° for Pinot Noir
  • Total acidity: 8.6g H2SO4/l (average for all grape varieties combined)
  • Harvest by hand
  • Alcoholic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Malolactic fermentation
  • Dosage: 5g/l

 

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Vintage 1979

A piercingly cold winter delayed the start of the growing season and was followed by a decidedly cool spring with some frosts in May. As a result, growth was subdued but initial flowering was good. The weather improved in June and July with nice sunshine and gentle heat creating excellent conditions for ripening. Despite rainfall during harvest, sugar and acidity levels remained high and disease pressure didn't mount too much of an assault, producing Champagnes of impressive character and length. On top of quality, great quantity was also achieved, with an average crop of 11,061 kg/ha being picked between October 3rd and 31st. The Chardonnays were particularly successful and high-yielding. Krug Clos du Mesnil is sheer perfection, going from strength to strength over the years. There are plenty of great Champagnes still in outstanding form. They include Krug Vintage, Louis Roederer Cristal, as well as Lanson Vintage Collection and Noble Cuvée.

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Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long, Smooth and Extensive

flavors

Raspberry, Toasty, Earthy and Mineral

nose

Intense, Opulent, Ripe and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Full-bodied, Firm, Round, Harmonious and Sweet tannins

Verdict

Well-rounded and Full-bodied

Written Notes

Deep, developed, orange-hued colour. Delicate small-sized bubbles lasted long in the glass. Elegant nose of ripe red berries, rich toastiness and earthy spicy notes. The wide-open nose with its layers of emerging aromas is consistent with the harmonious palate: great minerality, lively firming acidity and adequate fruitiness. Silky smooth and vinous texture. Persistent finish. At peak today, but will keep for a number of years without great degradation.
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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