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2012 Penfolds x Thiénot Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru with Gift Box

2012 Penfolds x Thiénot Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru with Gift Box

Penfolds

2012 Penfolds x Thiénot Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru with Gift Box

$275.00
Bottle
Price $275.00
$1,650.00
Case (6)
Price $1,650.00

Tasting Notes

Tasting Note


Pale yellow/straw
Youthful, bright/vivid pale-salmon Nose
A harmonious ascent of citrus (primarily lemon zest) intermingled with wafts of subtle florals (white lily). From the patisserie – just-baked madeleine, a hint of nuttiness (fresh almond) and scents of light honey. Hints of barley sugar/confectionary mingle with delicate white and yellow stone fruits.
Palate
Linear and defined. All engulfed by an ethereal, softened and almost fairy floss caress. Notes of Citron Givré or panacotta/vanilla pod? Or both? Certainly accompanied by a whisked light cream. A measured generosity of flavour with a suggestion of varietal savouriness and regional chalk. The complete Blanc de Blancs package.

Technical Information

Varietal Blanc De Blancs
Vintage 2012
Blend 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol % 12.5%
Enclosure Type Cork

Winemaking

Peter Gago - Chief Winemaker

Peter joined the winemaking team in 1989, initially in the craftsmanship of sparkling wines, before moving on to reds as Penfolds Red Wine Maker. In 2002 Peter became the fourth ever Chief Winemaker for Penfolds. Together with his fellow winemakers, Peter’s careful custodianship has ensured that Grange and the other ‘older’ members of the Penfolds family, have continued to set the benchmark for their style and quality, while new additions to the range push the boundaries ever wider.

Vintage

2012 Vintage

Apart from a few days of extremely cold weather in early February, it would be fair to say that Champagne benefitted from a mild, if not rather wet, 2011/2012 winter. The weather then proceeded to warm up very quickly, creating an almost summer-like March (i.e. sunny, warm and dry). On average, budburst occurred at the end of March, approximately two weeks earlier than usual. Cold conditions returned in April, with temperatures falling below 0°C across ten nights. Dry conditions assisted to limit damage, although spring frosts still destroyed a part of the crop, particularly during the nights of April 16th and 17th. From May until mid-July, the weather remained cool and wet, which slowed the growth of the vines. August delivered terrific weather. Perfect warm and dry conditions during the last weeks of ripening paved the way for a relaxed harvest of sound and impressive fruit. Optimal levels of ripeness were availed and picking commenced on 12th September. Although the 2012 harvest was not huge, it will certainly set a new benchmark and a legacy of long-lived wines.

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