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    Whitefish mousse on toast with caviar & Braised veal fillet with wild mushrooms and parmesan polenta

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The Story

Cave Privée 1989 is made up of wines from 25 Grands and Premiers Crus from regions in the Montagne de Reims, the Grande Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs.

The blend: 66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay

Dosage: 6 g/l

Vintage report: 1989 marked the return of the hot, dry vintages, similar to the legendary years of 1945, 1959 and 1964. After very early budding, the vines suffered from a cold spell. On April 27, a severe spring frost hit a large section of the Champagne vineyard.

The Vallée de la Marne and the East of the Montagne de Reims suffered enormous damage, whereas the Côte des Blancs remained intact. Overall, thanks to its very advantageous location in the heart of the best vineyards in Champagne, the House vineyard was spared. Later on, summer conditions set in, allowing the vine to regain its normal cycle. A few cold days, when the vines were in the sensitive flowering period, temporarily clouded our hopes for a good quality harvest. But these worries soon disappeared as exceptional weather soon set in and continued for a long time. From mid-June right up to harvesting, there was a succession of hot sunny days. The first grapes, ripened in perfect conditions, were picked on September 4 in our Côte des Blancs Grands Crus. The Pinots Noirs and the Meuniers were left to ripen a few more days before picking, which gave grapes of perfect quality in an excellent state of health. In the end, an average degree of 10° GL was obtained for the whole of the vineyard, with some vines even approaching 11° GL.


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Medium and Gold






Average in Acidity, Well-structured, Complex, Mature, Full-bodied and Dry


Well made and Excellent

Written Notes

A pale gold. An array of ripe and dried fruits, saffron, sandalwood and eaux-de-vie come through in the bouquet. Fresh on the palate, this vintage is full of exotic spices, structure and character, with a remarkably long finish.

Containing grapes from 25 grands and premiers crus, this blend is two-thirds pinot noir (66%) and one-third chardonnay (34%). The first grapes were picked in the estate’s Côte des Blancs grands crus in early September; the pinot noir was left to ripen for a few additional days, resulting in concentrated, high-quality grapes.


Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fresh, fruity nose, some citrus nose. Fresh acidity, fresh, fruity, minerals, apples, elegant texture, bit sweet, long. 91

  • 91p

Pale, green colour. Gentle toasty nose with apples, honeydew melon and touch of peppermint. Dry, crisp, vivid, mineral bite. Round long fresh and luscious green apple finish.  – JL – Aug 25, 2018

  • 96p
Good looking double magnum size bottle and in an excellent condition. Colour is gold and medium. On the nose it is mature. The taste is and dry, and average in acidity, full-bodied, with complex, well-structured structure and mature. The finish is long. This wine is excellent and fine.
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Reims, Champagne


66% Pinot Noir
34% Chardonnay

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