'The Grand Vintage 2003 is an extraordinary wine, offering from the very first encounter, all round pleasure that is completely seductive. This vintage is splendidly free, tremendously assertive, distinguished yet delightfully spirited and mischievous.' Benoit Gouez, Chef de Cave.
- FRA - Champagne
Big, dark golden wine with lovely nose that smells like smoked oysters and seaweed with honeyed bottle age development. These characters are echoed on the very savoury palate.5 Stars - Winestate Magazine (Nov/Dec 2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Apricot peach ripe summer fruits appear on the nose along with complexity of spicy maturity with vanilla, liquorice, a bit of nutmeg and ginger bread.
The palate is inviting and firm with ample and fleshy fruitiness. This generosity grows, stretching to caramelised and almost mineralised citrus fruits. A superbly crafted vintage Champagne with luxurious honey and yeast flavours with just a touch of spice on its long, elegant finish.
After hand-picking, the grapes were pressed very gently - only the best juice from the first pressing was used. Grapes from different 'crus' were pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks separately to imbue complexity to the final blend. After malolactic fermentation, the vats were blended and bottled to undergo secondary fermentation. Aged for 4-5 years on the lees before disgorging.