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2013 Cuvée Spéciale

Full-flavoured and harmonious

2013 was a finely crafted vintage, defined by freshness and elegance, despite very challenging conditions. Winter was relatively cold and long, with temperatures as low as -12°C. There was no shortage of rain either, making this a very mixed spring. Fortunately, with more than 800 hours of sunshine, summer was exceptionally hot and dry and the grapes developed well. Light rain showers fell in early September creating good balance in the grapes and adding the finishing touches to ripening. Showing impressively lively character, the grapes impart freshness and elegance to the blend.

60 cru wines, including a large proportion of premier crus, enter the blend for the Cuvée Spéciale. A harmonious blend of 40% chardonnay imparting elegance and finesse, 40% pinot noir for roundness and structure and 20% meunier for fruitiness and soft, supple character.

Aged at least 3 years in our cellars.

The Chief Winemaker adapts dosage levels to each Champagne in order to enhance its flavours and aromas. The choice of reserve wine is crucial and takes into consideration a whole range of factors, including the proportion of cru wines, year of harvest, grape varieties, and vinification and ageing methods, in order to guarantee the intrinsic style of each Champagne

Celebrating finesse and a lighter style Champagne, the 2013 Cuvée Spéciale combines freshness, poise and minerality, all unleashed with joyful exuberance. Finely-sculpted structure, fresh fruit and tremendous purity come together in this nuanced Champagne where full-flavoured chardonnay blends effortlessly with pinot noir structure. Always vintage, Cuvée Spéciale unites the three classic Champagne grape varieties, which are aged at least three years in our cellars, and deliver inescapable freshness and elegance. Shaped by an exceptional vintage year, where ripe grapes yielded fresh, expressive juices, this Champagne can be enjoyed for any occasion, from pre-dinner drinks to fine dining. Aromas of white fruits, sweet spices and lime-blossom, together with impressive length and delightful freshness on the palate, define this Champagne. Unveiling its character with utter abandon, the 2013 Cuvée Spéciale would make the perfect partner to light, savoury dishes. This great cuvée, a beacon of Nicolas Feuillatte style, effortlessly celebrates finesse and lightness; harmony incarnate!

AS AN APERITIF: best served at 7 - 8°C.
WITH FOOD: best served at 10 - 12°C.

Simple pleasures
Italian-style pasta salad
Speck, goats’ cheese and tarragon “Involtini” bites
Pear tart

Relaxing interlude
Rock salmon in a Champagne sauce and steamed vegetables
Turkey stir-fry and fresh apricots
Chaource cheese
Pear and plum sorbet and fresh basil

Fine dining
Oyster and Champagne “matelote” stew
Roasted line-caught sea bass or turbot
Pear turnover

Gold medal
Grand International Wine Awards Mundus Vini 2019.

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