Pale yellow with medium fine bubbles. In the nose it's creamy, saffron, some hay, pleasant, not easy to approach. On the palate, the perlage is a bit coarse, equally the acidity. It's fairly austere due to no dosage. Fairly short finish. Very good, but not outstanding.
Sadly my last bottle and definitely the best ones. 2008 remains my favorite vintage compared to 2009 and 2010, but this encourages me to age it more. Evanescent nose, straight palate with back clementine and pear fruit after taste. It is a very fine bubbly! It was a perfect pairing with grilled salmon and veggies with yuzukocho sauce, as it was balancing with the clementine peel taste of the gringet grape.
Sad to see my last bottle of this go. Tons of sleek pears, apples, and lemon notes on the nose. On the palate, it was cut from steel (as usual) with lots of minerals, pears, and fresh spices. Time to reup.
Jancis' Grapes recounts it can't get you drunk unless you leave the dinner table to get some air and then your legs go out. So gingery and leaner than I recall. This is Belluard not only saving this grape but proving it kicks ass. White flowers indeed. Do not make the mistake I did and figure that the RS and bubbles would help this pair well with Thai; even slight heat and sweet spice density effaces the aromas and makes it taste more like quinine-laden tonic.
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