A golden colour with cristal-bright reflections. The nose is powerfully rich and expressive with its aromas of stewed white peaches under-scored by hints of honey, spices, preserved ginger and nutmeg. The entry on the palate is lively, well-defined and crisp. The wine exudes delicate flavours of spices and fresh biscuit. Fine touches of stewed fruit, honey and roasted fresh almonds combine with these to produce a full-bodied and complex wine that shows perfect balance. The finish is deliciously savoury, and lingers with a subtle hint of iodine.
Pinot Noir: about 60%, from the terroirs of Ay, Ambonnay, Bouzy and Mareuil-sur-Ay
Chardonnay: about 30%, from the terroirs of Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Chouilly.
Pinot Meunier: about 10%, from the terroirs of Pierry and Montigny-sous-Chatillon.
Wine and food matching
This is a classy aperitif drink but will truly show its paces with the most refined dishes such as pan-fried foie gras, caviar, lobster, fine fish (grilled or with a light sauce) and white meat dishes incor-porating subtle exotic touches. It is also the perfect companion for sushi and indeed for many other Asian dishes.
"A triumph of a sensational vintage, a wine of impressive depth of fruit concentration of black cherries, cherry kernel, anise, vanilla, even plum pudding, yet at every instant graceful and restrained, holding impeccable freshness and primary purity even at more than a decade of age. A wine of incredible detail and lingering poise. I have tasted this wine in both Australia and Champagne recently, and it is never anything less than magnificent in its grand proportions yet faultless expression of the focused energy and deep-set minerality that characterise 2002." - Tyson Stelzer
"On the palate this is the quintessence of finesse, subtlety, purity and elegance." - 96 Points, The Wine Advocate