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Coming from the oldest vines plants of our terroir, this wine is made with the "Coeur de Cuvee" (i.e from 1400 liters instead of 2050 liters for a classic cuvée). Its slow and meticulous development combined with a know how of 5 generations guarantee a precious and exceptional wine.
Blend: 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir
VIneyards: Premier Cru sites
Age of vines: 60 years old
Vinification: Developed exclusively with the heart of the cuvée (1400 l instead of 2050 l)
Ageing: 10 months in barriques (228 litres). 72 months on lees. No malolactic fermentation
Dosage: 7 g/l
Tasting notes: Its straw-yellow colour is accompanied with a fine persistent mousse crowning the disc with a fine and harmonious cord. On the nose, the first aromas of hazelnut and brioche awake the senses. After a few moments, with much of delicacy, subtle notes of vanilla and dried fruit are married with more subtle lemony flavors. The nose is both elegant and powerful, which indicates a wine of great complexity and a beautiful harmony. Once in your mouth, aromas of butter, “crème brûlée” and spices (white pepper) blossom awaken taste buds. It is a gourmand and generous wine with an exceptional freshness. After several minutes of tasting, the complexity and the scarcity of this wine give us an explosion of flavors in the mouth, a real aromatic symphony. Such an incredible personality for this Champagne! This vivacious wine lets your mind wander from bubbles to aromas, that may open our heart.
Food match: This wine pairs well with meat and fish dishes such as crayfish and mushrooms, fried Saint Jacques or even a seared foie gras will bring depth and a deep aromatic evolution to the wine. Such an incredible personnality for this Champagne! This vivacious wine lets your mind wander from bubbles to aromas, a wine that may open "our heart."
Up to this point 1996 has been considered a fantastic vintage which produced classic wines; the best since 1990. A long, dry summer produced grapes of record ripeness with record acidity. Some, including myself, question how the 1996s are aging. The wines are generally characterized by a distinctive rather lemony acidity and very good attack, but some wines now seem terribly austere, while others already seem dangerously short of fruit. None of the subsequent vintages are quite as distinctive as 1996, which in the more successful cases should almost certainly be drunk after the 1999s.