2015 AOC Coteaux Champenois 'Sermiers Blanc'
‘Les Basses Croix et Les Gillis’. 100% Premier Cru Chardonnay. This is a still Champagne. Aged in old barrels for 19 months.
This is truly a lesson in refinement and precision. It is a meditative wine that has a soothing and calming effect. It’s very hard to explain. Everything is so subtle and delicate that you have to really dig deep. But the sensations are so good that you don’t need to try too much. Gentle limestone salinity mixed with yellow florals and blossoms. There is a glacial aspect to both the nose and the palate (especially as it lingers on the palate like an ice block) as it is so fresh and pure. The palate is linear, but does fan out quite a lot. Salty edge and mineral drive. It is instantly calming and silences the room. It commands your attention. Wines like this are one in a million. The most pure expression of Chardonnay I have ever tasted. The balance is impeccable, the acidity is not too high. Every element is in harmony, this is pure magic. It makes you tingle, makes you feel alive. I think people talk about wine with energy, but this is energy you feel in your blood. Gently lacquerous texture as it warms up. I can't get over how pure this is. Lemon, apple, white peach, honey, salinity, mineral dust. It has the lime cordial thing, lime iceblock. Super refined though. A real experience.