91 Points | International Wine Cellar , December 2013
(L1215810212; disgorged in February, 2012): Pale gold. Fresh tangerine and pear aromas are brightened by hints of ginger and smoky minerals. Vibrant citrus and orchard fruit flavors possess very good depth and show a strong, minerally quality that builds in the glass. Notes of iodine and buttered toast come up on the finish, which shows impressive clarity and stony persistence.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
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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