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Champagne Brut "Liesse d'Harbonville", Ployez-Jacquemart 1999


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Another magnificent vintage for this producer's rare tete de cuvee. A stupendous treat at a modest price compared to other special vintage Champagnes of this caliber. Vinified without battonage, without malolactic fermentation, and no filtration, and aged in used Burgundy barrels. The dosage is a mere 3.8 grams/liter to highlight the excellent precision of the wine. This almost like drinking grand cru white Burgundy. Very refined but rich, with a nose of citrus and apples. The texture is soft and round, while the flavors build in intensity. There is never a dull moment sipping this Champagne. Utterly fascinating.

"This vintage is the jewel in our range. It deserves particular attention. It is produced using exceptional grapes only always with the aim of keeping the character of the vintage harvest. The wine making process is different firstly because it is completely produced in 225-litre casks (2 to 3 wines). The blend is always the same: 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. This blend's natural acidity, despite a minimum of ten years maturing in our cellars, brings out the year's quintessence while maintaining exceptional freshness. We always use small very dosages to let the wine express itself! This wine's structure means it even benefits from decanting, which encourages an explosion of aromas." Laurence Ployez, winemaker