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Pascal Doquet Arpege Blanc De Blancs Extra-brut

$59.99

SKU 22066

750ml

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Arpège is now the basic, non-vintage wine at the estate, with the "Horizon" bottling now being firmly established in other markets. "Horizon" hails from the Côte du Pertois, south-east of Chalons and east of the Côte de Sézanne. It is a parcel that Pascal's father planted in 1971. "Arpège" is in a different league; it's finer in tone and more complex. The chardonnay comes from Vertus, Villeneuve and Mont Aimé-the grapes that are not in the Coeur de Terroir series. The assemblage is 15% 2010, 50% 2009, 35% 2008. It was bottled in March, 2012 and disgorged April, 2015 with 5 grams dosage MCR. There is substantial reserve wine in the blend, preserved in enamel tanks to maintain freshness. Aromas of spice, black tea and pear dominate the flinty-silex soils from the Mont Aimé and lend smokiness and depth to the structure.
Category Sparkling Wine
Country France
Region Champagne
Appellation Côte des Blancs
Brand Pascal Doquet
Alcohol/vol 12.5%
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Wine Spectator Spice, coconut and floral notes are exotic accents to the lemon curd, guava and crushed hazelnut flavors of this fresh, open-knit Champagne, which offers a minerally underpinning and a lively bead. Disgorged February 2014. Drink now through 2018.

Alison Napjus, 2015