50% Avize, a village located at the heart of the Côte des Blancs and classified as a Grand Cru for Chardonnay, Here the sub-soil is composed of belemnite: the purest chalk in all of Champagne, The rock which is made of fossilized shells dating back millions of years, lends freshness, minerality and finesse to champagnes of outstanding character.
For this cuvée, we have selected grapes from vines over 50 years old, and have vinified them carefully in 225-litre oak barrels.
25% Aÿ, a village located where the Marne Valley meets the Mountain of Reims and classified as a Grand Cru for Pinot Noir, The slopes’ unique, full-southerly exposure and irregular topography allow the Pinot Noir grape to express its aromas of ripe fruit while allying power and finesse. These old vineyards are still planted with old varieties of Pinot Noir that produce small fruit with unique aromas.
This historic village boasts sedimentary and limestone soils in which there is a high proportion of chalk.
25% Ambonnay, a village classified as a Grand Cru for Pinot Noir, located on La Montagne de Reims, a vast, forest-covered plateau on whose slopes grape vines are planted in chalky soils. The forest plays the role of balancing the cold, evening air that descends onto the plain with the warm air produced during the day that rises toward the summit.
We have chosen to keep our vines that were planted there in the 1950s. They have low yields, but the grapes show greater maturity and more concentration.
Avize, Aÿ, and Ambonnay are the only three villages in Champagne classified as Grand Cru whose name begins with an “A”. This explains how this cuvée got its name, but what makes it unique is its composition of 50% Chardonnay from Avize blended with 50% Pinot Noir from Aÿ and Ambonnay.
Tasting Notes :
Pale gold in colour tinged with copper highlights, this champagne boasts intense, fine bubbles. It is dense and full, a sign of great richness, and leaves lovely legs along the side of the glass.
The nose is flattering, with typical notes of Chardonnay such as lemon, pineapple, and especially mango, heightened by butteriness from its oak barrel ageing. Aromas of red berries such as blackcurrant and raspberry, typical of Pinot Noir, can also be detected, along with hints of liquorice.
The vinosity of the wine on the nose is echoed on the palate by the presence of Pinot Noir, which lends a velvety, unctuous smoothness to the finesse, freshness and minerality of the Chardonnay.
A well-balanced wine that will delight all wine lovers who appreciate unique cuvées.
From the World of Fine Wine:
Taster: Essi Avellan MW
Note: Deep lemon color. Lovely toastiness stealing the show on the nose. Hazelnuts intertwined with perfumy fruit, gunpowder, flowers, and ripe peaches. Shows some building complexity. Fruity, succulent palate with fine intensity remaining. A lovely glassful, now peaking.
Taster: Alex Hunt MW
Note: Mid-gold color but a bright, breezy, very malty nose. Mature but plenty of energy! In the mouth, bubbles are soft but plentiful, and there’s a real sense of cohesion with the malty yeasty flavor, chalky grip, and precise structural balance. Delightful example of savory mature Champagne.