A. Margaine Extra Brut
Always a complex assemblage: 35% 2003, and 65% of these vintages in roughly equal proportions: `02, `01, `00, `99 and `96! Disgorged 1/06 and bottled with 7g.l. RS; violet and hyacinth aromas make you think of Riesling (as these wines often do), but the palate is all apples and Rainier cherries with a chalk-powder sprinkle; wonderfully silky and generous, refined and accurate. A virtual Blanc de Blancs; 90% Chardonnay to 10% Pinot Noir. Disgorged in May 2019 with 4.5 grams per liter dosage, the NV Extra-Brut Cuv e M Le Caract re is based on the 2013 vintage and drawn from a solera started in 2002. Offering up delicate aromas of white flowers, walnuts, crisp green apple, fenugreek and nougat, it’s medium to full-bodied, pillowy and incisive, with a delicate mousse and a sapid finish. The NV Extra Brut is focused, chiseled and delineated from start to finish. Orchard fruit, citrus and floral notes pulse with energy in this refreshing, vibrant entry-level offering from Margaine. Dosage is 3-5 grams per liter. Disgorged: October, 2019.