Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Grapes are hand-picked exclusively from Thiénot’s own Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards - pinot noir from the Montagne de Reims (principally from Aÿ, Rillyand Hautvillers), chardonnay from the Cotes de Blanc (principally Avize, Grauvesand Chouilly). This cuvee is made in only the best of vintage years.
Clay & limestone
Grapes are pressed in a traditional manually operated vertical wine press and a computer controlled wine press.
Selected yeast is used to start the 10-12 day fermentation - mostly 18-2007 for its regularity, efficiency and ability to finish the alcoholic fermentation; also, has close to no influence on the aromatic style of the wine. 100% of the base wines go through malolactic fermentation. Elevage in stainless steel. The wine is unfined. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Dosage 9g/l.
Aging on the lees takes place for a minimum of 11 years in the cellar before release. The wine will remain on the lees in bottle until it is disgorged on demand.
A nose of delicately toasted aromas, intermingling with yellow fruits notes evolving towards candied citrus, vanilla and spicy aromas. The palate is dominated by charming dried fruit notes and a beautiful long finish, indicating a remarkable wine with finesse and structure.