Suggesting a bit of age in its chalky, yeasty, toasted grains aromas and holding up quite well on the palate in spite of its quite evident austerity, this stylish wine would be just the ticket for oysters on the half shell. Its latter palate citrusy character may be a bit too tangy for some who prefer a rounder Champagne as an aperitif, but very few would find it anything but wholly fit for service with light foods.
(mostly chardonnay and pinot noir, with a bit of pinot meunier; sourced from over 25 different crus; disgorged in April, 2012; L1215610412): Light gold. Red berries, orange peel and a toasty nuance on the perfumed nose. Chewy redcurrant and citrus fruit flavors show good depth, with a smoky mineral nuance providing lift. Closes spicy and long, with repeating smokiness and a touch of anise. This cuvee includes about 20% reserve wine.
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Limpid gold with a strong, abundant bead. Orange zest, lemon custard and minerals on the nose, plus a suave floral quality that gains strength with air. A juicy, light-bodied Champagne that packs very good punch, offering gently sweet citrus and melon flavors and slow-building leesiness. Very fresh finish features a sweet note of candied orange.
Average rating: 4.25(8 ratings)