Jean Vesselle, Grand Cru Brut Prestige Millesime

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Vintage: 2011

Varietals: 70% Pinot Noir & 30% Chardonnay

Farming: Sustainable

In the glass, it pours a lustrous straw-gold with coppery highlights and ultra-fine, indefatigable beads of carbonation. The aromas are deep and unfolding: ripe apricot, honey-baked apples, Meyer lemon curd, brioche, roasted Mirabelle plum, baking spices, blanched almonds, fresh-picked morels, crushed rock, forest floor. As usual, it’s a Grand Cru Champagne with substantial body, impact, and length—and it’s just getting started. Estate-owned, 100% grand cru-rated vineyards are located exclusively in Bouzy.

Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged for nine years in bottle. Dosage less than 7 grams/L.