Launched for the first time, the 2008 Grand Cru Les Chétillons (Magnum) is 100% unfiltered Chardonnay with no dosage from the corresponding lieu-dit in Mesnil-sur-Oger in which Pierre Amillet holds two hectares. "This terroir has a very poor soil with only 20 centimeters of top soil over the chalky subsoil," he says. The vines were planted in 1956. Poured from the Magnum, the wine shows deep and very clear flavors of yellow apples, lemon and orange aromas. Still very young, this is a pure and very mineral Champagne full of finesse, vibration and length that will benefit from some months (not to mention years) of bottle aging. A great character. Drink 2017 - 2030.
93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (October 2015)
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.