65% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims, Marne Valley and Äy and 35% Chardonnay from mostly Grand Cru sites in Le Mesnil, Chouilly, Cramant and Oger. 9 years on lees, disgorged with 4 g/l dosage. Last tasted in September 2019. This bottle is rather more developed than that showing, with quite heady roasted yellow apples, lemon meringue pie and unsulphured dried apricots. There’s some nice fuzzy, slightly wild pear and a succulent core of yellow fruits on the palate, which is still intact but tending towards a slightly nutty, dried-out austerity. Missing a streak of energy. 16.5

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