The family owns 31 ha of vineyards throughout Aÿ, Avize and Oiry, all Grand Crus, and the Premier Crus of Hautvillers, Dizy and Marueil-sur-Aÿ. Their non-vintage cuvée known as the 700 series started with 728 as the first one.
The 736 version is based on the 2008 vintage with some of the 2006 and 2007 thrown in for complexity. The combination consists of 53% Chardonnay (for fruit and longevity), 29% Pinot Noir (for construction) and 18% Pinot Meunier (for roundness and fruit).
Pale lemon with a creamy, persistent mousse, the nose boasts sugared danish with Meyer lemon and yeasty, fresh bread. The palate is dry with high, but not piercing, acidity. Flavours of bright citrus and lemon, marzipan and more freshly baked baguette compliment the wine – and no bitterness to speak of.
This wine is beautifully delineated and clear, crisp but not austere – a suave and complex bubble with a long finish.
We enjoyed it with sushi and great new friends. Buy it in Vancouver at Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie Street.
WSET Very Good +