91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2006
($45) Pale gold. High-pitched citrus pith, green apple and mineral aromas are wonderfully vibrant and pure. Nervy citrus and fresh orchard fruit flavors show very good energy, as well as a pungent mineral quality that pushes through the finish. This gains in depth on the back end, offering intriguing suggestions of wet stone and sea spray.
Champagne-making is the highly refined art of blending base wines into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. These component wines come from different grape varieties (the white grape Chardonnay and the red varieties Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) and from different villages and vineyards. And because only four or five harvests per decade...
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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