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Champagne Christian Bourmault Les Fetes 1er Cru 2012

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Sparkling wine. Champagne, France. Organic. 100% Chardonnay. "Les Fêtes is the name of a lieu à dit in Cuis where the Bourmault family has a parcel of sixty year-old chardonnay vines, from which this bottling is produced. The vins clairs here are barrel fermented in one to three year-old casks and given an elevage of eleven months prior to bottling up for secondary fermentation. The wine is then given five and a half years aging sur latte prior to disgorgement and the 2012 version was finished with a dosage of five grams per liter. The wine offers up a superb, youthful bouquet of pear, fresh almond, limestone minerality, a hint of the crème patissière to come with further bottle age, white flowers and a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and rock solid at the core, with bright, snappy acids, excellent focus and grip and a long, complex and very promising finish. This is certainly drinkable today, but the wine is still in climbing mode and it will be even better three to five years down the road. The mousse here is not the most refined I have ever come across, but there is a lot going on here on both the nose and palate and this is overall an excellent bottle in the making. 2020-2045+." — 92+ Points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar #87 (May/June 2020)