France, Champagne, Avize
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 3 years on lees
(AG=92) The NV Extra Brut Esprit de Craie is 100% Chardonnay from chalky soils in Avize, Cramant, Grauves and Mancy. Tense and nervous in the glass the Esprit de Craie certainly lives up to its name. Citrus, white pepper, mint and floral notes are given an extra dimension of salivating brightness in this expressive Champagne. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Disgorged: October 18, 2017
(RP=90) Disgorged in October 2017 with six grams per liter dosage, the NV Extra Brut Esprit de Craie wafts from the glass with notes of lemon oil, hazelnuts and dried white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, pure and delicate, with a nicely concentrated core, an ultra-fine mousse and tangy acids, concluding with a saline, mineral finish.