The aptly named Interlude is more textural than its champagne brethren, the 100% Chardonnay-based Oger and Le Grand Jardin, offering an aromatic, gourmand recess that is unreservedly delicious as a stand-alone wine.
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A new offering from the Domaine, Interlude NV comprises 100% Chardonnay planted by sélection massale (the traditional practice of vineyard propagation with exceptional old vines) in the Grand Cru village of Oger in the Côte des Blancs. The inaugural release is based on the 2016 vintage (66%), with the remaining 33% of the blend coming from the 2015 harvest. Both vintages were vinified and aged in French oak barrels—the 2016 base wine seeing 1 year maturation on lees and the 2015 seeing 2 years maturation on lees—before bottling. Ageing occurred under cork for 4 years, creating a phenomenal Blanc de Blancs champagne of richer texture with great complexity and integration of flavour.
Neither fined nor filtered, Interlude NV was manually disgorged in December 2021 and finished with zero dosage. Only 1238 bottles were produced.
Lemon gold in colour, Interlude NV pours forth with an intriguing fragrance of stone fruit, garden blossom, lanolin and dried honey. On the palate, the cuvée is immensely textural and rich, peeling back to reveal fleshy layers of papaya and ripe orange with waxy highlights—natural, like the coating of orchard apples, and delicate, like honeycomb, chewy with beeswax. There’s a distinctive, uplifting note of creamy lemon-lime on the mid to late palate, reminiscent of lemon myrtle, as a clear line of minerality builds into the orchestrally long finish. A most successful maiden voyage for Interlude NV.
Best enjoyed from the Lehmann F. Sommier, Dionysos 66 Ultralight machine-made glass.
Enjoy Domaine Vincey ‘Interlude’ NV with creamy and savoury cheeses, such as an ashed goat’s cheese or a mild and meaty washed-rind cow’s milk cheese.