A bright nose filled with juicy mandarin, exotic mango, salted caramel and almond nougat. The palate offers up creamy, toasty with soft acidity falling away. It is well structured and layered revealing a bitter orange (think Campari notes) followed by fresh rhubarb. The finish is persistent and stays with you for several minutes, leaving a lasting impression. The creaminess fills the mouth and is the result of the malolactic fermentation of the base wines.
It is a blend of the best parcels of chardonnay, which comprises 75% and the remainder pinot noir, which adds some depth and volume in the mouth. The ageing is 8 years on lees in the bottle and it has been finished with a dosage of 9 g/L of sugar, added at disgorgement.
This is a fantastic vintage and has come in to its drinking window now and can last in the cellar a few more years quite comfortably.
Franck was inspired to create a limited release of this cuvée, by submerging under the sea near Ouessant Island, at a depth of 60 metres and ageing it for a year. This is a unique approach and very few producers go to this length to age their champagne. The bottle bears the characteristic sign of the ocean.