Wine Region: Champagne - France
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay.
Tasting Notes: The pale-yellow robe with gorgeous green reflections is intensely vibrant, joyful and petulant.
The first nose is addictive, offering an open bouquet of pear, jasmine, lemongrass and biscuit, which herald both the freshness and the complexity of the wine. Upon aeration, the “smoky/wooden” base notes stand out more clearly, accompanied by luscious exotic aromas (mango and vanilla), roasted hazelnuts, a iodine whiff and delicate roasting.
The attack is wide and pleasant, and the palate offers a delicious, well-structured and mellow texture. Thickness and energy infuse the wine, while the effervescence and the dosage are perfectly blended into this expressive body, endowed with a lovely grain, a texture akin to linen. Once again, the palate reveals aromas of grapefruit, vanilla and pear. The second part of the tasting is mainly driven by the qualitative and extremely palatable acidity.
The finish is remarkably long (persistence of around 10 seconds), clean and pure, and lingers like a limestone caress adorned with silky tannins. It concludes the tasting with a delightful and salty aftertaste.
Serve in a large glass. This cuvée matches perfectly with grilled fish and firm shellfish (red mullet, cod, anglerfish, swordfish, tuna, bonito fish, lobster…), accompanied with exotic notes (passion fruit, vanilla, citrus, mango…), and why not try pairing it with delicious goat cheeses such as Selle-sur-Cher or Pouligny-Saint-Pierre.
About the winery:
Domaine Tellier is situated in Moussy, near Epernay, which is located between the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs in the very heart of the Champagne region.
Most of the plots are found midway up the slopes and spread over 5 villages. Each plot reflects a micro-terroir created by its location, topography and soil structure. To make the most of this diversity, they decided to vinify all the plots separately.
A new chapter in the château’s history was begun in 2014 when the property was acquired by the Moulin and Cathiard families, who have brought with them considerable enthusiasm and experience.
Terroir: Although chalk is at the foundation of the great Champagne terroirs, they have two different types of soil in their vineyards:
On these 13 plots, Pinot Meunier predominates (59%), followed by Chardonnay (35%) and a touch of Pinot Noir (6%). This terroir, with deep soil over a chalky bedrock, creates wines with structure, power and good length.
These 4 small plots are entirely planted with Chardonnay. The shallow soils sit over chalk that often breaks through to the surface. This terroir lends the wines elegance and minerality.
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