'Medium, brassy yellow colour with a faint amber tinge; the bouquet very complex and loaded with aged and oak-derived characters, some aldehydes and lots of autolysis. Toasted nuts, smoky, dried flowers and a hint of quince jelly. The palate is mellow and mature and shows quite a lot of aged character. It's mouth-filling, generous, complex and smooth-textured, despite a very dry, seemingly low-dosage balance. The finish is seamless, refined, tremendously long and harmonious. This house's wines have a lot in common with Bollinger, which isn't faint praise. None of them should be served too cold. (Certified organic grapes. 70% pinot noir, 30% meunier. Dosage 2 g/l/ Disgorged from December 2015.)'
96 points, Huon Hooke.
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.