You are looking at one of the best magnums we have tasted in a while. The Platine Brut degorgement tardif (late disgorged) is exclusively comprised of Grand Cru and Premier Cru grapes primarily grown in Ecueil, as well as Villers Allerand and Bouzy.
This was served to our guests in champagne as the welcome champagne to kick off our extraordinary champagne journey and it made quite an entrance.
First impressions are toward orchard and yellow fruits, with some interesting characters starting to emerge like gingerbread, walnut and brioche. The influence of lees really comes through and shows wonderful complexity and surprising freshness due to no malolactic fermentation.
"I tried this last year and was really impressed, immediately buying a few for my cellar. A year on and it is developing some wonderfully rich autolytic notes up front and a more focused and serious palate. So lovely that I went and bought more!!!" - Peter Crawford - Alavolee 2018
Slow, gentle pressing using gravity-flow techniques ensures the integrity of the juice. Pinot noir leads with 66% and 34% Chardonnay. The blend is of 2006 and 2003 vintages with the remainder (40%) being reserve wine.
The fermentation was allowed to be spontaneous and took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and a period in barrel for a certain amount for the reserve wines. No malolactic fermentation.
Aged for an average of 8 years in bottle. Disgorged by hand and laid down for at least three months before release. Disgorged in January 2014. Dosage 8 g/l