Wines

Situation

Altitude : 170m

Terroir

Soil type : Chalk
Region : Côte des Blancs

In the vineyard

Viticulture : sustainable
Harvests 100% manual (September 2010)

Winemaking

Pressing time : 4 hours
100% whole bunches
Fining : No

Maturation

In stainless-steel vats with 30% reserve wine matured in used Burgundy barrels
New barrels : None
Matured : 10 months including 2 months to allow the wines to marry.
Aging on lath : 42 months
Date of disgorging : February 8th 2015
Dosage : 4,5 gr/litre

Serving tips

Drinking window : Now until 2025
Temperature : serve at 8-11°C

Tasting notes

A brilliant yellow colour highlighted by flashes of gold. On the nose freshness and minerality subtly marry with notes of ripe citrus fruit. A crisp and tight attack is sustained by the creamy texture of the mousse whilst the freshness of the wine is perfectly complemented by flavours of citrus fruit and stone fruit culminating in a finish that is long and full of flavour.

Food pairing

Excellent at any time of the day, or night, with shell fish, white meat, fish and cheese

Alcohol level (% vol.)

12,5%vol

Age of vines

45 years

Grapes

Chardonnay : 100 %

This brilliant wine is the result of a partnership between Erick de Sousa in the Côte des Blancs and Burgundian Chardonnay specialist Olivier Leflaive. It shines with crisp white fruit and citrus flavor, textured with minerality. Bottle age has let a touch of toastiness creep in, making it very ready to drink.

Roger Voss
Wine Enthusiast , 93pts , 2017-06-01