60% Chardonnay; 40% Pinot Noir. Chardonnay is 100% vinified in oak. From La Côte des Bar. Tête de cuvée from Veuve Doussot.
A full yellow-gold color. Estery, ripe, rounded nose: slightly gingery orchard fruit, heather, brioche and brazil nut. Barb says, “cheesy leesy”. Open, autolytic and meaty body, with more baking spice on the richly textured palate: bosc pear, mutsu apple, blood orange, meyer lemon. Ample bead with good definition. Substantial mousse.
Broad-shoulders here. More guts than grace but not without finesse. It is, however, not a champagne to lose track of in your cellar. A little time will help nuance the finish but the ideal drinking window is somewhere between ten and thirteen years, not to exceed fifteen. Certainly a champagne worth checking out if your preferred style includes the micro-oxygenation you get from barrique fermentation. Very good. Now – 2019.