Daniel Ginsburg (De Meric), Brut Grand Cru ‘Cuvée Prestige Louis XVII’ Aÿ

Ginsburg Ay NV #1

50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay from grand cru vineyards in Aÿ.  A 50 – 50 blend of vintages ’95 and ’96.   Raised in barrel, none of it new, without malolactic fermentation.  Aged ten+ years on the lees.

From magnum.

Gilded.  Panoramic in its suggestiveness: initial intimations of a chest of drawers in my grandfather’s study takes on a saline streak; it finishes like driftwood washed ashore from a shipwreck.  Burnished and oxidative, with praline, just-ground nutmeg, brazil nut, and poached pear flavors.  Blocking the malo .. ’96’s blatant acidity .. this give it vivacity and tension; like razorblades in the cake.   Richness and lush textures without a trace of fat.  Redolent Aÿ.  Drinking well now; à point.  You can still keep this, particularly in large format.  Now – 2020.

Ginsburg Ay NV

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