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When they took over the reins from their father in 1993, Anne and Antoine Malassagne made the decision to conserve their reserve wines in 225-litre barrels using the principle of the perpetual reserve, a process that continues to this day. A few years later, they invested in 5,000-litre casks to allow for an ageing process that was slower than in barrels.In 2010, as part of their constant quest to improve the quality of their wines, they decided to add an additional element to the perpetual reserve by conserving some of their reserve wines in magnums under natural cork and staple. As this particular bottle has the ideal “liquid – oxygen” ratio, and as the wines age under CO2, and are therefore protected from oxygen, the cork allows very little air to enter the bottle. Due to the destruction of the yeasts by the enzymes of the wine, a phenomenon known as autolysis, a subtle and exceptional aromatic palate is able to develop. In addition to the exceptional aromatic palate that results from ageing our reserve wines in magnums under natural cork, it also means that we are better-prepared for climate change.
Production area: Marne Valley - Côte des Blancs
Grapes and blend: 45% of Meunier from Damery in the Marne Valley, 40% of Pinot Noir from the Premier Cru village of Bisseuil and 15% of Chardonnay from the Grand Cru village of Chouilly. Percentage of 45% reserve wines, mostly aged in magnum under natural cork at a pressure of 1.5 bar between 2011 and 2015 before being mixed with basic 2015 wines to obtain the final cuvée.
Vinification and ageing: malolactic fermentation partially done, ageing on the lees for just over three years.
Colour: bright golden yellow
Perlage: fine and persistent
Bouquet: precise, elegant, floral and fruity, with sweet notes.
Taste: on the palate it is a creamy and round champagne that envelops the palate with its fruity aromas. It is a complex, broad and intense palate that extends over a fruity, slightly salty and very persistent finish.
Dosage: 3 gr/l - Extra Brut
Prizes and awards
J.Suckling - 93 pts