Champagne Liesse d'Harbonville

2000
Very limited.
 
Ployez-Jacquemart’s Tête de Cuvée. Primary fermentation takes place in 225L casks (2nd and 3rd year). 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. No malolactic fermentation. Spends 6 months in the large casks, which imparts richness, structure and complexity, then spends 10 years in the cellar before being released. 
94+ points
"The 2000 vintage of Ployez-Jacquemart’s Tête de Cuvée is composed of its customary blend of two-thirds chardonnay and equal amounts of pinot noir and pinot meunier to make up the balance, with all of the vins clairs barrel-fermented, do not go through malo and the wine is finished off with a dosage of three grams per liter. It was aged at least ten years sur latte prior to disgorgement. The very complex bouquet of the 2000 Liesse wafts from the glass in a refined constellation of white peach, apple, fresh-baked bread, a touch of nuttiness, lovely soil tones, incipient smokiness and a whisper of buttery oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full and complex, with an excellent core of fruit, superb soil signature, frothy mousse, excellent focus and grip and a very long, bright and well-balanced finish. This is starting to drink with great breed, but will continue to cruise along for decades to come. 2017-2040+."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
91 points
"There's an intriguing interplay between the ripe dried fruit and spice notes of the fruitcakelike profile and the vivacious, lip-smacking acidity that focuses this rich Champagne. Saline-tinged minerality holds sway on the finish. Bold and distinctive. Drink now through 2026. 333 cases made."
Alison Napjus,
Wine Spectator

SKU/Code: 
DB0223-00
Product Line: 
Sparkling
Sparkling White
Varietal: 
Pinot Meunier