This dry sparkling wine is 100% Chardonnay from a single parcel of vines just north of the Chermette cellars at a place called Le Bois-d’Oingt. It’s a 2.5-hectare southwest-facing site on limestone/clay soil (perfect for Chardonnay). The wine is aged for 18 months in bottle, minimum sulphur is used, the wine is not fined or filtered, and very little dosage liqueur is added (five grams per litre).
A blend of 2016, 2017 and 2018 – showing a creamier, lemon-curd intensity and more length than previous bottlings – perhaps due to the low yields and warmer vintages involved. There’s well pitched notes of pear, citrus, chamomile, toasted hazelnuts and subtle buttery brioche, while the palate is vinous and focused, balanced by stony acidity. We love the fine, airy bubbles in this wine as well as its fresh, sculpted energy and finesse. If you don’t know the wine, do yourself a favour: French sparkling wine this impressive and at this price does not grow on trees. Importer’s Notes