Serious Champagne from one of the iconic region’s pioneers of organic and biodynamic viticulture. Rich, bold, balanced.
Made from a 2013 base wine, with the blend consisting of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Chardonnay.
Light to medium straw colour with a brassy tinge, the bouquet meringue-like and smoky with some toasted nut characters and a little aldehyde. A suggestion of barrel maturation. The palate is very dry, savoury, intense and long. A serious dry Champagne, seemingly low dosage and firm on the finish. The impression is of a dry, low-dosage style involving lots of pinot noir and some oak. A wine that could age well. It should not be served too cold. (Certified organic grapes. 40/40/20 pinot noir, meunier, chardonnay. 2013 base vintage. Dosage 4 g/l. Disgorged from May 2016.)
95 points, Huon Hooke (April 2017)
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.