Bernard Tornay Brut Carte d'Or
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This non-vintage is round and elegant, with fine bubbles. It can be equally enjoyed as an aperitif or to accompany a meal. Hutasse shares the perspective of a large maison in that he places great importance on being able to reproduce a house style year after year. To that end he keeps enormous stocks of reserve still wines. The Carte d'Or is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, but includes reserves from the communes of Bouzy, Ambonnay, Trépail, Bisseuil, Tauxières, Les Riceys, Vertus, Mareuil and Epernay. The still reserve wine undergoes a malolactic fermentation, for greater roundness. This Brut Non-Vintage is an assemblage of 70% wine from the most recent harvest and 30% reserve wines which are a minimum of four years old. It is kept sur lattes for up to three years, enhancing its richness, compared to the mandated one year for a non-vintage cuvée. The bottles are cellared for an additional six months in order to integrate the liqueur d'expédition. Dosage: 9g/l.
Firm and focused, with a fine texture and tightly knit notes of ripe peach, gingerbread, chalk and candied currant. This opens up in the glass, echoing smoke, toasted nut and honey accents on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made.