A GREAT VINTAGE, INTENSE AND REFINED.
At first sight, the robe is gold with tiny and persistent bubbles. The nose reveals a wide pallet of intense and tasty aromas. Almond, frangipane, candied orange and brioche interlace with beautiful balance. On the palate, the wine is complex, deep, with a silky and sophisticated texture. Elegant pastry notes and rich aromas combine with delicacy, ampleness and freshness in a lingering finale.
Suggested pairings Intense and refined, the Grand Vintage 2008 can be appreciated throughout the meal with a rosemary lamb shanks, for instance, or a grilled lobster.
Blend: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
A humid spring, freezing temperatures when the vineyards were blooming mid-June and a variable summer: all of this made 2008 a year full of questioning.
But once again, a sunny September confirmed the great potential of the vintage.
The slow maturation of Pinots noirs and Chardonnays allowed to wait for a few more days to harvest wonderful grapes under a dry and cool weather.
For the Grand Vintage, only the grapes able to produce subtle wines with a long ageing capacity are selected. Still wines were very promising. The blend is made of 50% of Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (Oger, Mesnil sur Oger, Avize,Vertus) and 50% of Pinot noir from the Montagne de Reims (Mailly, Bisseuil, Chigny les Roses).
Only the first press (the cuvee) is used. After bottling, the Grand Vintage has been ageing for 8 years in our cellars for a slow development to reveal its full potential. The dosage is low (4 gr/ l).
Vinification: in stainless steel vats
Ageing: 8 years on lees
Wine Spectator 92 Points!
Following vintage 2009Wine Enthusiast 94 Points!