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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."
A challenging vintage for Champagne in the face of an unprecedented heatwave during the summer months. The wines are characterised by the year's unusual circumstances. Large-scale frosts destroyed most of the projected yield and they were followed by hail and an extremely hot summer. Harvest was kick-started early on August 21st and yields remained minuscule at 8,100 kg/ha. Atypically round, ripe, sun-kissed wines that miss freshness and backbone. The total acidity level was notably low, at 5.8 g/l. Only the very best performers were able to avoid heaviness and overripe aromatics. This vintage was not largely declared but some famous names, Krug and Dom Pérignon at the fore, chose to experiment with it. Both produced excellent 2003s and Dom Pérignon's chef de cave at the time named the vintage as one of the creations he is most proud of. Some special cuvées surfaced, such as 2003 by Bollinger, as the house found the year did not stylistically fit into the La Grande Année range. Palmer & Co also took a curious route and made its 2003 only in magnum, releasing it much later than usual as cuvée Grands Terroirs. The ageing capacity of 2003 is much debated. Dom Pérignon's Richard Geoffroy had great confidence in his 2003 and he actually regretted releasing it too early. The jury is still out, but personally I am inclined to drink mine sooner rather than later, as the advancement post-disgorgement has in most cases been rather rapid and the wines miss the acidic backbone necessary for retaining freshness.