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Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyards: 'Les Blanches Voies´ premier cru parcel
Age of vines: 60 years old
Ageing: 10 months in barriques (228 litres). 84 months on lees. No malolactic fermentation.
Dosage: 4 g/l
Production: 2,900 bottles (numbered)
Tasting notes: The straw-yellow colour with pale green highlights is fed by a very delicate effervescence announcing breadth and finesse. On the nose, a harmonious bouquet of citrus fruits animates our senses with in particular, lemon, lime and grapefruit. In aromatic support, subtle vanilla notes and roasted hazelnuts bring structure and consistency to the wine. On the palate, our taste buds discover dried fruits always highlighted by vanilla and hazelnut. After a few moments, apricot, ripe pear and honeysuckle flavours complete this wine of great complexity. A delicate and silky texture on the mouth reflects the personality of this chiseled wine. This vintage made from sixty years old vines on a chalk floor, brings us a very developed mineral side.
2012 was deemed one of the best vintages the Champagne region has ever experienced. “The quality and the intensity are definitely there to make an outstanding vintage,” Dom Perignon chef de cave Richard Geoffroy told Decanter. The base wines show a lovely richness as well as the acidity needed to make outstanding and long-lived Champagnes. Yields are very low, in some places half of the allowed production.