Aurélien describes this one as his best expression of pure Pinot Noir, from sandy, fine silty topsoil 80cm deep on top of seriously limestone rich subsoil. This gives it at once a sense of finesse and suavity with a linear even rising calcaire finish. This is sourced from a relative some 30km away in the Montagne de Reims sector, and is long barrel aged some 18 months. This is once again plain gorgeous in its raspberry/little red fruited aromas and flavor, that is then driven by an intensely limestone mineral core in tonic, mouthwatering fashion. This is classy as heck…..again, a little * awarded here.
“The 2016 Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Longues Voyes 1er Cru is a dense, powerful Champagne built on vertical intensity. The dark, brooding side of Pinot emerges as the Longues Voyes starts to open in the glass. There is a real sense of gravitas here. Pear, white flowers, spice and almond are all nicely woven together. Even with all of that intensity, the 2016 retains gorgeous aromatic lift and freshness. I would give it a year or two in the cellar, as it is very tight. The Les Longues Voyes sees relatively long aging in barrel of 18 months. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: February, 2020.” 94 Antonio Galloni”94 Antonio Galloni