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PASCAL,F 04 XBT  HARMONIE
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Bottle Size: 750ml
$62.98
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FRANCK PASCAL 04 EXTRA BRUT HARMONIE BDN

We selected Franck Pascal’s luminous “Sagaesse” (now dubbed “Reliance”) cuvée as our Champagne of Month back in November of 2011 because it was such a great example of the quality that can be derived from fastidious (not to mention courageous) biodynamic farming coupled with non-interventionist winemaking. Now with the release of his 2004 “Harmonie” Pascal has raised the bar even higher. This black grape beauty is made from equal parts of older vine Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. As always with Pascal’s Champagnes, the base wine completed malolactic fermentation and was neither fined nor filtered. This Champagne was aged on the yeast for six and a half years prior to disgorgement (11/11) when Franck employed a light organic cane sugar dosage of just 5 grams per liter. After eighteen months on the cork, this edition of “Harmonie” is really living up to its name while still displaying the freshness and vitality that one associates with the bountiful 2004 vintage. Its nose is distinguished by an inviting array of bakery counter aromas that are complemented by hints of toasted almonds, plums and Queen Anne cherries. In the mouth this Blanc de Noirs is at once vinous and nervy as it dishes out multi-dimensional red berry and orchard fruit flavors that are deftly coupled with savory inflections of nougat and half-baked biscuits. Its long taut finish leaves a haunting sense of salinity as well as a stealthy minerality. Already a lofty benchmark for other Valle de la Marne producers to emulate, this stunning Champagne shows every sign of evolving into a masterpiece.
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