|To the eye
The light colour is expressed in pastel shades and demonstrates the wine’s freshness.
The initial nose is aromatic and avoids the austere character of many white Coteaux Champenois. The fruit is elegant (grapefruit skin, fresh almonds) and is accompanied by some beautiful notes that relate to how it is matured (oaky, buttery). The first impression is therefore classic with lovely elegance (white flowers).
When aerated, its personality increases and the nose becomes more exotic. White peach, melon and apricot provide depth and warmth, while discreet perfumes of yeast and hazelnut presage the future.
Then its chalky character and the citrus notes assert themselves.
On the palate
The attack is lively and sharp on the palate. The wine then reveals itself, fluid and quite warm, with a highly delicate texture. The fat is generously offset by the acid backbone that gives the rhythm. The chalkiness appears in mid-palate and signals the wine’s origins. The slight astringency combines very well with the tannin structure of the wood. Thus the wood, wine and minerality of the terroir are well balanced, which is not easy to achieve in a still champagne wine.
The finale is very pleasing. Lively, long, chalky, it is also extremely consistent and very pure with aromas of oyster shells, yellow flowers and mandarin, followed by aromas of apricot stone and a “smoky” character. The lovely aromatic length prolongs the pleasure for six to eight seconds. The very last impression is slightly salty. It is the discreet but indisputable proof of this wine’s pedigree.