Formerly called the Prestige Blanc de Blancs, this wine was renamed after the winemaker brother of Elisabeth Salmon for the bicentenary. Both Elisabeth and her husband Nicolas François already have founder's cuvées named in their honour. From 100% grand cru fruit (5% vinified in old oak), this spends 11 years on its lees with partial malolactic fermentation, and has a 6g/l dosage. Mathieu Roland-Billecart describes it as 'Meursault with bubbles', and suggests decanting it into a carafe and enjoying it throughout a meal. It's very rich and full, yet with bright, balancing acidity and chalky minerality. It has gorgeous notes of apricot tart, popcorn, vanilla sugar and nougat, and is long, tight and rich. Drinking beautifully now, but still has many years ahead of it. Drink Now-2027.
96 Points, Decanter
Selected parcels in Avize, Cramant, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger chosen for power. This has a...
95 Points, James Suckling
Purity, bright vibrancy and focused definition belie this Champagne’s age. This is beautifully crafted, seamless blend of apple and fig, undercut by lemon and pink grapefruit. It has a brilliant brushstroke of chalky minerals which linger on the finish. For something so delicate and nuanced, this has a remarkable character which has benefitted from its magnum bottling. Presented in a...more
Magnum 150cl £138.86