Here’s a tidy grower’s champagne from premier cru-rated vineyards, with fine complexity and traditional character as the label promises. There’s an appealing mix of wet chalk, honey, light barley sugar and hay alongside apple, pear, citrus fruit and lemon-cream notes... The palate is both creamy and fresh, with lively but gentle mousse and terrific length. Lovely stuff... 92 points, John Szabo MS, WineAlign.com (8/2013).
Really lovely depth and elegance in this grower’s Champagne from a top site. Complex yeasty, bready notes are showcased on the creamy and elegant palate. Texturally quite appealing with a pearl-like mousse and terrific length. Tightly knit flavours of grapefruit, starfruit and pear linger on the long finish. 90 points, Sara d’Amato, WineAlign.com (8/2013).
Aromatic, with a dense, lightly wooly texture and notes of whole-grain toast, cumquat, white raspberry and raw almond. The rich finish is dry and persistent, delivering hints of honey and ground spice. 91 points, Alison Napjus (06/2013).
Located 150 km east of Paris, Champagne is the French wine region renowned for producing the finest, most rich and complex sparkling wines in the world. The elegance, longevity and racy acidity of these wines are attributed to the influence of the chalky soils of the region and the cool, marginal continental climate. The region spans an area of 35,000 ha and has 4 main growing areas, each favouring one of the three noble Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has a vineyard quality hierarchy based on the soils, aspect and overall quality of the grapes. Like Burgundy, these quality designations are allocated to the vineyards of the village. Of the 319 villages of Champagne, 17 have Grand Cru status and 44 villages are designated Premier Cru. All Champagne is produced by Traditional Method. The vast majority of Champagne is a blend of the three varieties and may also be a blend of several vintages producing the popular Non Vintage (NV) house styles. Top quality blends from exceptional years are sold as Vintage (Millésime) Champagne.