($88; 80% chardonnay and 20% pinot noir; disgorged February, 2009) Greenish-yellow color. Intense, incisive aromas of orange zest, Meyer lemon, salty minerals, ginger and white flowers, with a slow-building smoky quality; smells a lot like a high-end Chablis. Smooth, sappy, concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors are complicated by notes of brioche, honey and zesty minerals. Impressively fresh for a wine from this hot vintage, boasting strong finishing minerality and spicy persistence.
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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