Blend based on Chardonnay, then Meunier, followed by Pinot Noir.
This cuv___©e represents nearly half of the total house production, coming in at some 2500 cases. It also roughly mirrors the house plantations, originating in all seven communes where Jean-Marc grows vines. The grapes for this wine come from the domain's younger vines, which average 35 years of age (that, it must be said, would constitute the old vine selection for most Champagne properties!). Half the blend is reserve wine from the previous year's Brut, and roughly 20% of that is aged in barrel. The new wine is made predominately in steel and ages on its lees for 20 months (goal here is to retain freshness). The wine has an unusually fine mousse and terrific plump fruit and elegance, underpinned by a stony salinity. The lot number on the back label is the base vintage.