Face Nord Brut Millesime Grand Cru, Pehu-Simonet
cépage 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay
info/source Pinot Noir (oldest vines) from Verzenay Grand Cru; Chardonnay from Verzenay Grand Cru and Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru
élevage Pinot Noir raised in oak barrels, Chardonnay in stainless steel
sur latte 96 months
Montagne de Reims
50% Verzenay PN in wood, 50% Mesnil and Verzenay CH done in steel. Disg 7/2017, available late summer. It’s potentially wonderful but starkly affected by disgorgement, which isn’t helped by the very low RS, but the larger question is: why so dry? David turned out to be right with his 2006, about which I had similar doubts. But ’08 is not ’06; its acids are far more prominent. So, jury out. Leaving the wine in the glass awhile, the Chardonnay grew more conspicuous and the wine’s components seemed to knit, so this fascinating wine is a coalescing being—today.
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