100% Chardonnay, grown in a single parcel in the central block of the Arzelle estate vineyard, planted to a density of 10,000 vines per hectare.
Middle third of August 2012.
8,500 kg grapes per hectare, with a yield in must of 28%, equivalent to 3,170 bottles per hectare.
The clusters are given a slow, gentle pressing, with quality-fractioning of the juice. The must ferments in steel, and the finest lots then mature sur lie for 6 months in French oak barrels.
The cuvée is assembled in the following spring, solely with wines of the previous year, then the wine undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle and matures a minimum of 5 years sur lie, followed by an additional 6 months after disgorgement.
Standard 750ml bottle
APPEARANCE: Abundant, creamy mousse and slender, sinuous bead of pin-point bubbles; notably long-lasting crown
COLOUR: Intense straw-yellow with subtle gold highlights.
BOUQUET: Broad and deep, with notes of ripe plum and lime blossom, and evolved impressions of caramelised hazelnut.
PALATE: Elegance and fine balance are the hallmarks of the palate, which showcases both a velvety smoothness and a well-calibrated acidity. The finish is impressively satisfying, with a near-tactile consistency lifted by a delicate bead.
PAIRINGS: This vintage-dated wine is recommended for all courses of a meal, in particular with elaborate antipasti, with main courses of fish, veal, and poultry, and with medium-aged cheeses.
Alcohol: 12.5%; residual sugar: trace;
total acidity: 7.8 g/l; pH: 3.04
FIRST YEAR PRODUCED