50% fermented in 228l oak with no malolactic (unlike the partial MLF of the Royale Réserve) this bundled its way out the glass with an arresting succession of flavours. First you get hit with smoky dried meat, dried limes*and roasted cashews before ultra-ripe lemon and exotic fruits like breadfruit and mango start to emerge. It has this concentrated, saturated flavour profile that is mirrored on the palate with a tremendous length of dried citrus. 4.25g of dosage made it the highest in the lineup (apart from the dosed Royale Réserve Brut NV), in this case combining with the cooling effect of the magnum to help frame and contain a remarkably extroverted wine.
Date Tasted : 17/12/2019