A superb, layered and textural blanc de blancs or 100% chardonnay champagne.
Best enjoyed from the Lehmann Jamesse Prestige, Synergie 75 handmade glass.
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Disgorged June 2018. Vieille Vigne du Levant 2009 is 100% chardonnay with the majority of grapes being sourced from the lieu-dit Bourron du Levant where the vines were planted in 1960. The balance comes from a 0.5-hectare holding in the neighbouring terroir of Le Fond du Bâteau (75 year old vines). Both plots are located in the heart of Cramant’s south-east facing slope, on the flanks of the Butte de Saran. The soils here have more clay than the Terre de Vertus vineyard so there is automatically considerably more power. These vines also bask in the first rays of the morning sun, which combined with low yields, helps to deliver a wine of glowing density and opulence. After gently pressing the grapes, the juices go directly into wood with both the alcoholic and the malolactic fermentations beginning spontaneously. The wines are matured on natural lees during their first year, undergoing gentle bâtonnage. There is no filtering or fining prior to bottling. This cuvée however, spent eight years on lees and was disgorged with only 2g/L.
A superb VV du Levant with orange rind, citrus pith and nutty complexity. Silky, yet with a long close. Just gorgeous!
Try it with veal, pan-fried fish or chicken.