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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.
- 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
Severe winter temperatures and spring frosts did great damage, leaving many in the region unhopeful of a good year. The destruction was excessive especially in the northern Montagne de Reims, in the hillside vineyards west of Reims and in the Aube. The early summer weather did not raise the hopes, but finally fine September weather came to the rescue and yields ended up being better than feared (albeit tiny, 6,827 kg/ha) when picking commenced on September 30th. Champagnes from 1985 are typically beautifully balanced and intense with great length and character that is still improving today. Dom Pérignon, Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie and Blanc des Millénaires, Krug Vintage and Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque excelled, to name a few.