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2008 J.L. Vergnon 'resonance' Blanc De Blancs Extra Brut Grand CruChardonnay from France

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““Christophe Constant has put a highly personal stamp on this domaine, creating wines of intense expression and vivid personality. His champagnes are always racy and tense, cha...

  • 93 Wine Spectator
  • 92+ Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 91 Allen Meadows - Burghound
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93

"This rich Champagne shows lovely balance and focus thanks to vibrant, well-knit acidity. Offers flavors of apple tarte Tatin, chopped hazelnut, lemon curd and candied ginger set on the creamy bead. Drink now through 2026. 150 cases made."

92+ Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The 2008 Resonance Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut is lovely, pure and fresh on the nose, offering pure lemon and chalky flavors. Rich and intense on the nose, with great purity on the palate, this Champagne has great tension, finesse and freshness. This is very pure, mineral and refreshing. Long and expressive."

91 Allen Meadows - Burghound

"There is excellent vibrancy to the delicious if slightly lean middle weight flavors that are shaped by a firm yet very fine mousse while offering a clean, crisp and very dry finish...."

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““Christophe Constant has put a highly personal stamp on this domaine, creating wines of intense expression and vivid personality. His champagnes are always racy and tense, characterized by their prominent malic acidities, yet they’re rarely aggressive, achieving a carefully judged and finely tuned harmony. This is one of the top estates in the Côte des Blancs today.” –Peter Liem, Champagneguide.net

'RESONANCE': 100% Chardonnay From the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil -- 80% of which hail from the famed 'Chetillon' and its immediate neighbors 40-60 year old vines Tank fermented and aged Blocked malolactic fermentation Aged 84 months on the lees 3 g/L dosage

In the heart of the chalk wonderland that is Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Didier Vergnon and his son Clement are the 4th and 5th generations to lead this small 5 hectare estate. Founded in 1950, it was in 1985 that Jean-Louis Vergnon first began producing estate-bottled wine from some of their choice sites, including multiple Grand Cru parcels in and next to the legendary Les Chetillons.

Over the last 15 years this family property has truly emerged as one of the elite properties in the Côte des Blancs. It was in the early 1980’s that Didier’s father had the foresight and began the push to harvest only balanced and ripe grapes, with up to 11 degrees of natural potential alcohol or more. This allowed the family to completely eliminate chaptalization, block malolactic fermentation, and use a generally very low dosage across the range. Most of the wines are vinified in stainless steel tanks and aged for a minimum of 36 months on the lees, with most aging for much longer before release.

Tasting through the remarkable range of Didier’s wines, there exists the classic virile qualities of Le Mesnil that has made this village so famous and lauded around the world. However, they also possess their own unique personality that come from the singular vision of the Vergnon family to push for high quality fruit at harvest and minimal intervention in the cellar. It is this combination of exceptional terroir and inspired winemaking vision that has caught the attention of the world’s Champagne enthusiasts. This family tradition has been further strengthened by Clement and Didier partnering with the young and talented enologist Julian Goût. With stints working alongside Anselme Selosse and Taittinger among others, Julian is the perfect person to continue the Vergnon tradition, so expertly carried out by Christophe Constant during his tenure. The current releases are truly brilliant and the future is truly bright." -Importer

Product Detail

Item # 106813
Country France
Region Champagne
Sub-Region Champagne
Ratings

93 - Wine Spectator

92+ - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

91 - Allen Meadows - Burghound

Vintage 2008
Color White
ABV 12.5%
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla
Nose apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla