|The four bottles tasted and you can see Vincent Genet behind the bottles to the right|
The family makes their wines exclusively from owned grapes, the Chardonnay grapes are from Grand Cry vineyards in Chouilly. Production is about 70.000 bottles/year.
All the tasted cuvées have a dosage of 9 g/l. Beforehand I would have thought that it would give them a more off dry feeling but no, none of them showed any such characteristics. All very fine wines.
NV Brut Esprit Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
The nose is cool, elegant and pure with notes of lemons, toasted bread, freshly washed clothes and dry passionfruit. Very nice. Some sweet lime after a while.
The taste is young and tight with notes of lemons, sweet minerals, dry fudge and some smoky aromas. The finish is long and dry. Very, very good.
88p (tasted 2015/04)
NV Brut Rosé
A creamy, finely tuned nose with notes of just ripening raspberries, lingonberries and earth. Refined. Medium deep and persistent. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and racy with notes of raspberry biscuits, gravel and lingonberries. A long, fine finish with a great acidity. This I like!
90p (tasted 2015/04)
2009 Grande Rèserve Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
A fine, upfront nose with notes of almond milk, sweet lemons, gravel and a hint of liquorice. Pure, deep and fine. A fine sweetness to the fruit.
The taste is dry, tight and refined with notes of lemons, lime, oyster shells and warm gravel. A long, intense finish. Really good, but I feel that this is for drinking sooner than later. And I have no problems drinking this right now!
91p (tasted 2015/04)
2007 Prestige de la Cave Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
The Prestige has a cool, refined, aristocratic nose with lovely notes of white pears, lemon candy, warm grass and some smoky scents. Very fine. A understated elegance. Deep.
The taste is intense and focused with notes of candied lemons, white peach, flowers and a wonderful smokiness. A long, long, intense finish with a stunning acidity. A lovely structure. This will evolve nicely for 6-10 years. I will be able to tell, because this will go into the cellar.
94p (tasted 2015/04)