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Champagne Gallimard, Cuvee Reserve Blanc de Noirs - Half NV
Pinot Noir 100%
This is the most southerly part of the Champagne appellation, and here the grapes are able to ripen more fully, resulting in generous wines full of rich summer fruit flavours. Light gold in colour, this is a full bodied, but beautifully well balanced wine that shows ripe citrus and hints of tropical fruit on the nose, and a refreshing palate with a creamy and moreish texture. This is an excellent aperitif, but will match very well with scallops or Asian inspired fish dishes.
Didier Gallimard owns 10 hectares of prime vineyards on the steep slopes around Les Riceys in the southern Aube. Didier's son Arnaud has joined him, becoming the seventh generation, and the long term future is now secure. His vines average age is over 30 years and the dramatically sloping vineyards, which are of chalk and Kimmeridgian limestone, are planted mainly to Pinot Noir and just a little Chardonnay. His wines are full and rich and offer enticing aromas and flavours of summer fruits. His rich exotic Rose is produced in very limited quantities. Cuvee Quintessence is 100% Chardonnay, aged entirely in old wood and with a dosage of just 5g/l. Rich, round and decadent. Cuvee Amphoressence is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay, aged for 24 months in four amphorae and bottled with no dosage. This is very fine and pure and rather serious.