(80% chardonnay and 20% pinot noir, from a single parcel in the premier cru Rilly la Montagne; disgorged May, 2010): Vivid gold. Intensely perfumed, mineral-driven nose displays pit fruits, honeysuckle, anise, clove, vanilla bean and marzipan. On the palate, suave, perfumed lemon, peach and chalky mineral flavors put on weight with air. The mineral quality gains power with air and carries through the very long finish, which strongly echoes the anise and vanilla notes. As complex as this Champagne is right now, it appears to be built to age.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: November/December 2011
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
Aromatic notes of pain d'epices wind through this harmonious Champagne, blending with flavors of patisserie pear, coconut, quince paste and candied orange peel. The flavor profile threads through the precise, lacy texture, and the wine is enlivened by vibrant acidity that leaves a mouthwatering impression on the finish.