Designated ‘mag14’, this Champagne was made with the use of 2014 vintage reserve wines bottled (for freshness) in 1.5-litre magnums. Differentiated from its ‘mag14’ stablemate by the conspicuous lack of any sugar added prior to bottling.
Chardonnay 25 %, Pinot Noir 30 %, Pinot Meunier 45 %
0 g/l Dosage
Crus: Chouilly, Bisseuil, Damery
Reserve wine makeup: 35 %
Base vintage: 2014
A tight, creamy and dry Champagne with sliced apples and pears. Lemon undertones. Full and flavorful. Layered and soft texture, yet very fresh.
91 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, July 2019.
Bone dry and crisp, this is also has fruitiness from the ripeness of the grapes, giving impressively rich apple and pear flavors. Of course, these are cut by tight acidity and intense citrus, leaving a tight, steely aftertaste.
Wine Enthusiast, January 2015
This tight crisp wine delivers citrus and sliced apple fruits. There is a brisk mousse that gives the wine quite a bite of acidity. All the elements point in the direction of food for this Champagne. Like many bone-dry Champagnes, this bottling needs to age, so drink from 2018.
Wine Enthusiast, January 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.