63% Pinot Noir, 36 % Chardonnay. 9% red wine addition. Dosage 7 g/l, disgorged Jan 2021.

Wow. This is such a steely, long-distance stare of a wine by Charles standards! Quite inscrutable at this stage post-disgorgement. You can coax out some ground nut richness, crushed blackberry and ripe red pear skin, tightened up with a beautifully controlled grapefruit Chardonnay focus. Borderline austere at the moment, I wouldn’t even touch this for five years. It resembles its 2008 blanc sibling in this regard – but is perhaps even more tight-lipped! 18

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