Vintage ’59 Imports, Washington DC.
50% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir, blending fruit from the Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs. 7.5 h/a across 36 parcels and seven villages: Pierry, Moussy, Epernay, Mardeuil, Dizy, Vertus, Boursault. Half raised in steel, half in cask. 2012 base vintage and 30% reserve wines. Disgorgement: November 2014. Dosage: 7 g/l. RM – 29294-02 L 12 BT.
Yellow-gold. Beguiling for a Tradition, tugging on your senses from seemingly opposite directions. Ever been left in state of wonderment? “How on earth can a wine be this and that”? And so it is neither but both at the same time: rich and lacy, fruit and mineral, swollen and skeletal, pillowy with steel underneath. Not particularly toasted for the wood the wine sees: “more PJ than Bollinger”, Barb says. The finish isn’t afraid to roll slow. Now – 2018+.