Equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, 65 year old vines, from ‘Les Crayons’, a single vineyard climat in Oeuilly. ’99 base vintage plus 15% reserve wines from ’96 ’97 and ’98. Raised in wood. No malo. Dosage: 3 g/l. Disgorgement: March 2015. Current release. This is bottle No. 00655.
Resonant yellow-gold. Enveloping and inferential, with salty sea breezes and cooking aromas that remind me of coastal New England in the summer. Richly flavored, texturally expensive, yet he’ll finish wry and impoverished, a brothy myriad of chalk and savory elements. For the oxidative style of champagne this has profound dexterity and energy. Now – 2025.