. Chardonnay 45%
. Pinot Noir 55%
. Chardonnay: Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil‐sur‐Oger, Trépail, Vertus….
. Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Avenay, Aÿ‐Champagne, Chignyles ‐ roses, Louvois,….
Time spent in the cellars before disgorging: 8 years
Dosage: brut (6 g/l)
THE YEAR 2006: The beginning of the year was marked by a very dry spell and there were no spring frosts. The warm, dry and sunny June weather helped the flowering. Full bloom was recorded in the 1982‐2006 average (mid‐June). This uneventful beginning of the season was quickly disrupted by hailstorms in July, with 35 municipalities ‐ 2 400 hectares being affected. August was marked by a cool, wet spell but improved weather in early September stimulated maturation and, just prior to harvest, the grapes were in prime condition. Harvest dates were staggered between 6 and 25 September, during which time the weather was dry and sunny.
. The colour is a bright and clear yellow gold.
. The first nose is very fresh and expressive with notes of hawthorn, lilac, wild white flowers and fruit notes such as pear, plum and Mirabelle.
. The palate is straightforward with light notes of violet. Citrus fruits aromas dominate in this cuvée: lemon drops and grapefruit aromas sustained by fruit aromas (pear, plum) thus confirming the nose.
. In the mouth, we can find aromas of citrus caviar and grapefruit.
. The finish has a long lasting, refreshing note with a hint of saltiness, and ends with notes of lemon.
JEAN‐ PIERRE MAREIGNER, CELLAR‐ MASTER, COMMENTS:
“The year was particularly favourable to Pinot Noir which shows here a good maturity, with a lot of fruit and body”.