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2000 was a hot and stormy year. Faced with capricious weather, the old vines delved deep into the chalk and limestone sub soils. The winemaker's experience was crucial to producing the best grapes of the year, of a quality that was beyond hope. Aged for more than ten years in the cellars, the Prestige Vintage 2000 shows deep and complex aromas on the nose and a body of ethereal charm. One might say that it cocks an elegant snook at nature's tricks.
Grapes: 90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir
Terroirs: Vineyards "l'Enclume", "la Savoyarde" and
"les Marguiniers" (limestone and sand)
Vinification: First fermentation in thermostatically controlled stainless steel vats and oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation.
Bottling: May 2001
Disgorging: December 2011
Dosage: 5 g/L - Extra-Brut
Food & wine: Will go perfectly with the finest and most delicate of fish, (like pike-perch and sea bass). For bolder souls, this champagne will be sublime, if accompanied by pan fried citrus fruit.
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/