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Champagne Jean Milan Symphorine Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut 2005

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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Winemaker Notes

Symphorine is a delicate and generous wine of marvelous purity and focus in the heart of the Cote de Blancs. There is a pencil-y minerality beneath the loveliest imaginable fruit. A truly exquisite wine that shouldn't be missed.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Brut Symphorine explodes on to the palate with waves of ripe varietal Chardonnay fruit, smoke and crushed rocks. This is an incredibly pure, deep, imposing wine with tons of power and breadth, yet it never comes across as heavy. The aromas and flavors build with authority to the striking finish. Power and precision…it’s all there in this gorgeous Champagne.
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Champagne Jean Milan

Champagne Jean Milan

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Champagne Jean Milan, Champagne, France
2005 Symphorine Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut
Caroline Milan is the 4th generation of the family to direct this estate; it was founded in 1864 by Jean Milan, her great-great-grandfather. Today Milan controls six hectares of vines averaging 43 years, spread over 42 different parcels, all in the grand cru of Oger.

Oger received its rightful Grand cru status in 1984, when that last, vital percentage point arrived. The village, which stands almost entirely upon Belimnite chalk, is often forgotten among its more famous neighbours. The difference between Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger is mostly due to Oger’s much younger vines, but the wines have a classic Chardonnay character. The best grapes come from the same long stretch of southeasterly slopes as Avize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The village surely hides a whole chest of treasures among its growers and is therefore well worth investigating first hand. Henry Milan is one of few clever, visionary growers in Oger.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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