Pale gold with fine effervescence and an attractive cordon of mousse. Discreet notes of candied citrus, hazelnut and pastries enhance a bouquet dominated by honey. The nose is ripe, very fine, a sign of attractive aromatic evolution. This mature, well balanced, elegant wine has a lively, frank attack typical of the great vintages. Roasted, toasty aromas, butter and pastry together with fragrances of citrus and wild peach create rich, aromatic complexity leading on to flavors of honey and delicate exotic notes. The length is superbwith aromas of pastries, fine touches of hazelnut and honey to complete this magnificent "cuvee."
Grape variety: Pinot noir, Chardonnay
Like finely woven silk, this offers beautiful texture, sublime balance and integration. Rich apple pastry, candied orange peel, crystallized honey and dried apricot flavors are layered with hints of smoke, sea salt and toasted nut. Lovely, with a fresh, persistent finish.
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A 50-50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir from grands crus in the Montagne de Reims and C™te des Blancs, this emphasizes chardonnay in mature scents of golden delicious apple crisp and ripe Bosc pear. Pinot noir gives it muscle, guiding the wineÕs richness toward meaty dishes like pheasant roasted with morels. Acidity zips up the finish, keeping the nutty, caramelized aspects in check. A mouthwatering wine at a delicious moment of maturity.
Very mild reduction doesn't prevent the pretty raspberry and strawberry aromas to be appreciated. There is a very fine bead and associated mouth feel to the classy and delicious flavors that possess excellent depth on the serious, restrained and impressively persistent finish. This is quite dry and while it certainly could be enjoyed now, I would continue to cellar it for another few years and then drink over the next decade.