Grapes: 100% Chardonnay from 2012.
Crus: The Chardonnays come from the grands crus of Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs. As with all their champagnes, only the cuvée of the must is used. Twenty percent of the wines are vinified in small old oak barrels.
Aging: The champagnes aged 8 years in the cellar, of which 18 after disgorgement.
Dosage: 3 g/l
In Champagne, 2012 was a year of intensity, of its climatic episodes, and of the aromas in the wines.
The vintage began with a mild winter in 2011, which suddenly intensified in February 2012. A cold wave set in for nearly 10 days, with the temperature sometimes dropping to -20 degrees C.
With the mildness of spring also comes the rain, then again the cold which caused severe frosts on the vines. The rains, even thunderstorms, sometimes hail, alternate until the summer and the flowering suffered a cold snap.
In August the sun and the heat set in, harmoniously ripening the grapes. During August the drought intensified to the point of causing water stress in some areas despite the heavy rainfall of the previous months.
The harvest went smoothly, under the eagerly awaited rain.
The 2012 vintage resulted in relatively low yields and a great quality of the grapes at harvest, particularly for pinot noir and chardonnay.
Tasting Notes (by Bruno Paillard)
Eye: shiny, deep gold, with fine and active effervescence.
Nose: Little by little the wine reveals citruses and grapefruit, followed by aromas of stone fruit and apricot. Finally, honey notes, concentration of white flowers sharpened by peppery notes, and after several minutes, notes fo liquorice, toasted bread, almond paste, mixed with candied fruit.
Palate: the attack is enveloping, the substance is deep, full, with a light effervescence. Then fruit, salininity, spices.
To illustrate this wine, Japanese artist Takehiko Sugawara was commissioned on the theme: “Where strength marries grace”. His work, mixed media on Japanese paper, will take its place in the gallery of vintages of the House, in Reims.
Born in Tokyo in 1962, Takehiko Sugawara entered Tama University of Fine Arts in Tokyo in 1989. In 1994, he receives the Young Talent Grant awarded by the Gotoh Memorial Foundation. Throughout his career he will see himself award several prestigious awards. Since 2005, he has taught at the Kyoto University of Arts and Design. Sugawara’s painting is reminiscent of that of the great Japanese masters. His work harmoniously blends ancestral traditions to a modernity close to pure abstraction. Aware of this impossibility of reproducing nature to its exactitude, Sugawara assumes his role of creator of a new form of the same nature to which it confers an evident emotional and spiritual charge.