Producer: Nicolas Feuillatte
Type: Champagne, Blanc de Noirs
Grape variety: 100% Pinot noir
The success of the brand's first vintages were evident and, in order to increase production levels, Feuillatte joined together with 4000 other growers. In 1986, Feuillatte sold his business to form the CV-CNF, which at the time consisted of 5000 growers.
The CV-CNF now has access to more than 2250 hectares (5560 acres), encompassing 13 grand cru vineyards, 33 premier cru and others from the Champagne appellation. Grapes are hand-picked and include three varieties: Chardonnay (25%), Pinot noir(25%) and Pinot Meunier (50%).
The central production facility is located in Chouilly, with a capacity of up to 304,000 hectoliters (30.4 million liters). The site is modern and is fitted with stainless steel tanks, a gyropalette riddling system and disgorging facilities.
The aging process for the non-vintage Brut Champagnes takes up to three years. In the case of the vintage Brut, the Champagne is allowed to age in barrels for up to five years, but this can extended to between 8-10 years for the Palmes d'Or labels.
Appearance: Brilliant, golden yellow in colour with golden tinges. A lively stream of fine bubbles rises to the surface, creating a pronounced mousse.
Nose: The nose initially reveals a toasty, dried-fruit character, with almonds and hazelnuts, and also flowers (violets). More intensified secondary aromas offer concentrated stewed fruit flavours (pineapple and papaya) and liquorice.
Palate: Rich and powerful on the attack with an abundance of poise. A pleasing sensation of supple tannins and structure on the finish.
Alcohol degree: 12%