Introducing a limited release Champagne to toast 175 years of winemaking endeavours. We have re-ignited our love affair with France, a special place for Penfolds, where winemaker Max Schubert was inspired to create Grange. Partnered with Thiénot, a respected player in the world of Champagne, Penfolds instigated hands-on involvement throughout the tirage storage to create an extraordinary 2012 Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru. A Champagne worthy of celebrating our past, present and future.
Youthful, bright/vivid pale-salmon Nose
An immediate lift of nuttiness – more pistachio than almond in derivation.
Wafts of dried fruits aromatically verge towards that of a freshly assembled potpourri of dried flowers.
Puzzlingly marmalade and cumquat high notes bely variety.
A (Pinot-driven?) cold lamb fat savouriness restores cépage legitimacy.
Ripe yet delicate. Upon pouring – the faintest suggestion of coffee bean.
Upon sitting – crème anglaise lightly laced with dried apricot, wild raspberry.
Upon waiting – ‘softened’/desirable phenolics prevail – inducing a defined finish with grip and panache.
Refreshingly long-lasting in mouth. Complete.
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.
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.
|Drinking Window||Drinking Well Now, But Will Improve With Time. Drinking Window Now - 2040.|
|Blend||100% Pinot Noir|
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