2004 Brut Reserve    

Winemakers: Jean-Benoit Deslauriers, Peter J. Gamble and Raphaël Brisbois

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Tasting Notes

This Brut Reserve from 2004, amongst the coolest seasons in 20 years, is youthful yet rich, displaying telltale colouration from its Pinot Noir component, along with extremely fine bubbles — a delicate mousse and consistent effervescence. It flaunts an expressive nose of tarte tatin, brioche and key lime. Anchored around striking purity of fruit and minerality, the palate reveals loads of sweet lemon, baked green apple, wet stone and a hint of grapefruit. A fascinating paradox between the crisp, bright and refreshing nature of the wine and its rare intensity likely results from the extremely low cropping levels. The effervescence adds to the already impressive volume, creating a unique balance between freshness and density.

Technical Specifications

Varietal composition: 57% Pinot noir, 22% Chardonnay, 15% Vidal, 6% l’Acadie
Vineyard composition: 64% Racca vineyard, 36% Benjamin Bridge estate vineyard
Harvest dates: October to November 2004 (hand-harvested)
Alcohol: 12%
TA: 13.2 g/l
pH: 2.97
Brix (average at harvest): 17.4º
Aging: 6 years on lees
Disgorge date: August 2009
Price: $74.50 CDN, 750 ml