Garden : mushrooms, peas, corn, stone fruits, pastry Pasture : goat’s cheese, brie, chicken, cured ham, turkey, quail, rabbit Sea : oyster, lobster, scallop, shrimp, whitefish, salmon, mackerel
The initial nose reveals a saline, mineral background, followed by floral notes such as acacia and peony, along with notes of fresh fruit including bush peach and pear, finished with toasted notes of hazelnut and roasted almonds. When swirled the bouquet becomes rich and voluptuous, with notes of brioche, nougat, ginger, and preserved lemon.
On the palate, the wine is plump and full of substance. The texture is crisp and silky. The minerality of the chalk resonates brightly with the fleshy structure and contributes to the length of finish. The endnote is fresh and generous, hinting at a discreet dosage followed by a long period of post-disgorgement aging, so as not to disturb the wine’s natural equilibrium
The 2006 vintage was distinguished by an unusually dry and sunny June and July, promoting excellent flowering and good, steady ripening. August was rainy and humid, threatening the early-summer promise with fears of mildew and botrytis. But, September brought more sun and heat, and harvest unfolded between 14 and 29 September, allowing for an abundant yield of superb quality.