70% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier.
Vineyard & Vinification Note
The Canard-Duchêne House only creates a vintage from the best harvests. 2012 was a year rocked by abundant rainfall and strong sunshine, resulting in a very high-quality harvest. The 10 years of ageing in the cellars have perfected the maturity and complexity of this exceptional champagne.
Terroir: 19 Crus of which a majority of Grands Crus and Premiers Crus such as Aÿ, Bouzy, Chigny, Ludes, Taissy and Mailly.
40% of Grands Crus – 20% of Premiers Crus
The terroir of the Montagne de Reims is mainly chalky, giving the Champagne all its minerality, body and finesse.
The terroir of the Vallée de la Marne is much richer (more marly, clayey); balancing the Champagne by bringing its richness.
Vinification : Dosage : Brut Nature – Zero dosage
Thermo-regulated stainless-steel tank. Malolactic fermentation
Ageing in cellars: 10 years
A pale gold hue, limpid, which sublimates a delicate bubble. At the first nose, a few brioche notes, slightly toasted as well as aromas of ripe yellow fruits such as mirabelle plums. When aired, elegant raspberry aromas unfold. As the wine evolves, it reveals slight hints of cedar wood. Beautiful structure and freshness; minerality and saltiness in the mouth. Slight notes of grapefruit zest are delicately expressed on a long and persistent finish.
Ageing potential: 10 years
Essi Avellan MW’s Champagne Report
In 2012, chef de cave Laurent Fédou came up with an unusual blanc de noirs blend for this cuvée, celebrating the quality of the year’s dark-skinned grapes. It has an intense lemon colour and an evolving nose in which toasty and yeasty notions add complexity to the orchard-fruit profile. There is also a touch of oxidation that takes away from the purity. A really nice acid line brings welcome lightness to the concentrated whole. Structure-wise, this can age, but oxidation might creep in quickly. A big and bold style, with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier. Drink: 2022-2026. 90 Points, August 2022
Perfect when served with a carpaccio of scallops and citrus fruits or a monkfish with verbena or a stuffed butternut squash with brown rice and smoked tofu
Cuvée V 2012 is also an amazing pairing with cheeses such as Brillat-Savarin, Brie de Melun, Brebis du Lochois, Mont Vully or Persillé de Tignes.