Pierre Peters, Les Chetillons 2005

Made up mostly of wine from the 2007 vintage, this is in fact a blend of 15 different vintages in the classic blending style of Champagne. The nose is exceptionally vivacious and precise, with intense and refreshing minerality dominating the aromas. What makes this Champagne so special, however, is its impressive development across the palate, which proceeds like an inverted hourglass: a precise and focused entry leading into a round, silky and powerful mid palate that allows richer fruit flavours to come through and then ending on a clean, direct and extremely minerally finish as the wine drifts off with incredible focus. As for flavour, I noticed green apple, an almost in-your-face chalky minerality, and stone-laced lemon.

Champagne, France

100% Chardonnay