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We’ve been working with this wine for a year or two now, and it’s been one of our better received Champagnes over this period of time. Great vintage, tons of lees time, and a sharp price for tete-de-cuvée quality from Grand Cru Cote de Blancs Chardonnay. As we’ve said in the past, Saint Gall is a co-op of sorts and ‘Orpale’ is their top wine. Jancis Robinson and Champagne expert Richard Juhlin have been fans for many years and James Suckling has joined this group recently with more hefty praise. The 2004 vintage was well regarded by Decanter for good reason. This is tete de cuvee quality at a fraction of the price always fun being able to bring this in at a much lesser rate and with perfect ex-cellar provenance.
Decanter 97 points! Our judges loved the way that the 2004 Champagne vintage is looking at present, especially in Blanc de Blanc form, hence this second Best in Show pick from the category. This is the slightly paler of the two wines, with very fine bubbles and a tenacious snowy crown. The scents take you back to its vineyard origins and the fine limestones of the region, with scents of rain on chalky clay, sap and crushed winter holly and ivy leaves, just backed by a little teasing warmth from its cellar years spent on yeast lees. On the palate, it's incisive, pure, long and grainy with a fine chalk drift to it: restrained, pure and elegant Champagne of great class. Drink 2019-2024