The Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne is a drier style from the portfolio. With aromas of apples and pears as it opens up, it is characterised by floral and lemony scents. On the palate, the ripeness of the white fruit is expressed, accompanied by notes of lime and lemon zest. Its structure is surprising, with tangy notes that last long on the finish.
100% Chardonnay. Base 2012 with 5% 2011, 5% 2010, 25% from solera begun in 1982. Fermented in stainless steel. 42 months on lees. Dosage 2.5 g/l.
Lifted, slightly yeasty nose and quite a transparent texture. Chalky dry but not demanding finish. Satisfying wine. Very fresh but not excessively so.
17 points, Jancis Robinson (June 2018)
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.