92 Points | International Wine Cellar , December 2013
Pale gold. Aromas of ripe orchard fruits, melon, nectarine and jasmine, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Rich but lithe and precise, offering intense pear and Meyer lemon flavors and suggestions of chalky minerals and sweet butter. The smoky quality comes back on the finish, which lingers with impressive tenacity and stoniness.
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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