A showcase for the duality of their finest old vine Chardonnay (with some 30% of it being the Muscaté clone) grown on chalky fine clay soils in the lieu dit les Chemins d’Épernay meets old vine Pinot Noir on silex (flint) and limestone, and schist in the rich soils of the lieu dit les Rouges Maisons, both in their hometown of Chavot. This is aged for an additional two years on the lees for greater vinousness and complexity. The 2013, from a very long cool growing season that I would characterize as classical and tonic, is an absolutle knockout. In self evident complexity and deep palate staining depth, this is once again one of my favorite two wines in the range, along with the Crayères. There is no two ways about it, in its complexity, probably the most so in the range…..a big time little * awarded here.
“The 2013 Extra Brut Les Empreintes is a wine of extraordinary beauty. Vivid and precise, the 2013 is just so expressive today. The blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir works beautifully here. Like so many of the wines in this tasting, the Empreintes stands out for its racy aromatic profile and total sense of finesse. Time in the glass brings out the power and resonance of Pinot Noir. The 2013 is equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both from vineyards in Chavot. Dosage: 4 gr/L. Disgorged: February, 2019.” 94 Antonio Galloni