2013 was characterised by a particularly late growing cycle: a long winter was followed by a cool spring, with flowering in the vines only starting in July – something they had not seen in Champagne for many years. The summer that followed was glorious, with plenty of sunshine, high temperatures and very low rainfall: ideal for the ripening of the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Temperatures dropped for the October harvest, the resulting wines being elegant and fresh.
A blend of 70% Pinot Noir with 30% Chardonnay, colour is very pale gold, bubbles being tiny and persistent. Aromas are initially restrained, opening up to notes of lemons, redcurrants and honeyed brioche – very fine and attractive. Palate is full, broad and concentrated yet taut and tense. This has a wonderful line of mineral steeliness supporting ginger-scented fruitiness, and a very fine texture. The finish is long, fresh and full of finesse.