93 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013
(made from a single plot of 72-year-old vines and aged for around 40 months on its lees; disgorged June, 2013): Light yellow-gold. Highly perfumed lemon, orange and toasted nut scents are complicated by a suave floral quality. Smoky and dry, offering intense lemon pith, orange and buttered toast flavors and a hint of hazelnut. Becomes creamier with air and finishes with excellent clarity and smoky 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...
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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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