Champagne Palmer Vintage 2012
Vintage 2012 is a champagne of rare complexity, with a delicate fruit-scented nose of pear and white peach, and slightly smoky aromas, with notes of spices (vanilla and cinnamon). The wine charms the palate with its notes of Panettone (hazel nuts, candied orange). It stands out for its fullness and excellent balance. Suave in character, and ending with a pronounced freshness. A great vintage with a high cellaring potential.
The quintessence of an exceptional year. This 2012 vintage is almost a miracle in view of the climate conditions that were hardly propitious to the creation of a great vintage. But from the end of July, balanced sunny days allowed the grapes to mature to perfection, right up to the time of harvest. The grapes were fat and healthy when they were picked and their phenolic balance was excellent. The aging on lees was for 6 years. The winery’s iconic growths from the Reims Mountain villages (Mailly, Verzenay, Trépail and Villers Marmery – exclusively from Grand and Premier Cru sites) once again proved themselves worthy of renown. The Montagne de Reims is a vast plateau covered in forest, extending between the cities of Reims and Epernay. Vineyards have been planted in the chalky soils of the mountain’s slopes. The region has the most villages classified as “Grand Cru”. Most of the Palmer vineyards are located on the north-facing (the Grand Crus of Mailly and Verzenay) and north-eastern slopes (the premier Crus of Trepail and Villers Marmery) of the Montagne de Reims, where the environment is rigorous and climates are extreme. The Montagne de Reims is the kingdom of the great Pinot Noirs, a vigorous and generous grape variety that adapts extremely well to the chalky soils. However, there are little islands of exceptional Chardonnay in this ocean of Pinot Noirs. These are located on the eastern slopes, well- sheltered from the western winds.
Serve chilled. Excellent as an aperitif. Paris well with finely sliced Bellota ham, smoked salmon, chicken and spring vegetable samosas, grilled red mullet, assorted cheese and red berry fruit zabaglione.
Producer: Champagne Palmer
Region: Reims, Champagne
Wine Composition: 54% Chardonnay, 46% Pinot Noir
Dosage: 8 G/L
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