Mid to pale orange rose (as in the flower) colour. Apparently the proportion of red wine was the highest ever, 27% of the blend. Notably opulent rose-petal nose. Very broadly fruity and deep flavoured with massive palate impact that surely has the power to mend sore throats. Beautiful smooth satin texture. ‘We squeezed everything out of this vintage', said Richard Geoffroy, ‘we really worked had on it'. This is a great wine that happens to be pink. It’s not remotely sweet but is beautifully round and complete. I have suggested it was probably delicious two years ago but in fact it had only just been released. Drink to 2022.
19/20 points, jancisrobinson.com, January 2015.
Medium orange-copper colour, more tuilé than rose-pink now, thanks to age. The wine has a very aged bouquet as well; savoury in an earthy, meaty charcuterie, smoky and pastry-like way. The palate is finely-textured and creamy, the finish dry and firm with some phenolic bite, and a distinct strawberry flavour emerging as it warmed in the glass. A good and idiosyncratic style... (NB: The unusual style reflects an unusual method, with 30% still Pinot Noir red wine in the blend pre-tirage.) 40% Chardonnay; 30% Pinot Noir white wine.
94 points, Real Review, November 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.