Fine wines produced by exceptional estates, many of them family-owned.
Grand Cru L’Intemporelle
Champagne :: France
Mailly Grand Cru Estate extends across 70 hectares, entirely located in the Grand Cru village of Mailly Champagne, at the heart of the Montagne de Reims nature park.
The vineyard is divided into 480 plots, most north-facing, favouring subtle, well-balanced wines. Nestling in the centre of these vine-covered slopes is the winery; a glass building built above the cellars and a kilometre-long stretch of ‘crayères’ (chalk caves).
Pinot noir 60% - Chardonnay 40%.
Manual picking ; whole cluster pressing.
Alcoholic fermentation at 16°C.
Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Ageing on laths in traditional chalk cellars.
Blending: A blend of the vintage’s most refined Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit, especially Chardonnay grapes from the best plots (Les Crayats, Les Coutures, Les Roses, ...) and more elegant Pinot Noir grapes (from
the plots of Les Chalois, Les Côtes, Les Godats, Les Baraquines, Les Longues Raies…).
Utterly seductive, brilliant golden colour, shimmering with fine, regular bubbles.
The nose is an elegant combination of fruity, floral and mineral notes. Aromas of citrus, peaches, pears, ripe wheat and white flowers develop against a background of mineral notes, layering with hints of chalkiness and brioche.
The palate shows a freshness tempered by just sufficient vinosity for a creamy, supple attack, giving way to delicate flavours of lusciously ripe fruit aromas of Mirabelle plums and citrus, perfectly blended in a tasty, persistent mouth-feel.
Ideal with a buffet-style dinner, adding a touch of class to those tempting canapés.
Equally at ease with a sit-down meal and particularly recommended with roasted scallops, line-fished sea-bass in a salt or clay crust, turbot cooked any way you like or risotto with white truffle.
L’Intemporelle is a magical blend of fruit from carefully selected parcels, made in a seductive, well balanced style. First released in 1990, this wine has become a favourite of prestigious restaurants.