Pick of the Launches

04 April, 2016

Champagne de Castelnau Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2003


Brand owner Champagne de Castelnau

Markets Europe, UK, US, Canada, Asia

RRP €48, £43, JPY 8,500, US$60, CAD 79, CHF 60

Contact Castelnau Wine Agencies – Keith Issa: keith@castelnau.co.uk +44 (0)207 7512490

Champagne de Castelnau’s vintage 2003 Blanc de Blancs Champagne is a limited release of 11,000 bottles.

De Castelnau says only very few champagne houses produced a vintage in 2003 as, due to the extreme summer heatwave, the average acidity of most base wines was very low.

Chef de cave Elisabeth Sarcelet felt she had enough premium quality still wines to be able to make a small quantity of blanc de blancs vintage champagne which would reflect the house style of “opulence and texture, while maintaining a superb freshness”.

It has been aged on the lees for 11 years and recently disgorged.

The majority of the fruit for de Castelnau’s Blanc de Blancs is grown on soils in the Montagne de Reims crus more usually associated with Pinot Noir production, giving richer, nuttier and more complex flavours to Chardonnay.

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