- One of the region's most fascinating wines
- 100% Pinot Noir Champagne made from a small, one hectare plot located on the property in Mareuil-sur-Ay.
- 1999 is only the fourth release with just 3500–7500 bottles, only made in top vintages.
Clos St-Hilaire 1999 is the walled 1ha vineyard behind the founders' house in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, where the tuffeau soil was planted in 1964 to Pinot Noir. This sustainably farmed vineyard is ploughed by horses, and sheep graze here after harvest.
The wine is 100% vinified in the house's best old oak casks and aged for 15 years on its lees with no dosage. Made only in exceptional vintages, the 1999 follows on from the 1995, 1996 and 1998, and yields were tiny – just 6,750 bottles in 1999, all individually numbered.
It has a very overt nose of the Clos' characteristic old-rose scent, along with orange blossom, ripe nectarine, toasted almonds and honeyed apricots. It's intense and concentrated on the palate, showing mature sous bois, nougat and spiced apple compote alongside balancing acidity.
Rated 100 points by Tyson Stelzer: "To stand in this place and behold Le Clos Saint-Hilaire is a time-stopping experience that will stir the depths of your soul. Its twilight won’t fade for at least another 15 years."
Note: This special item comes from our private cellar. Please add 2 days to our delivery time frame.