Intense yeasty autolysis with crackers, sourdough and stones that lends itself well to the sliced apple characters. Bone-dry and austere on the palate with subtle, creamy perlage and concentrated flavors, and a rather mineral finish. 36 months aging on the lees. Disgorged in October 2021.
James Suckling 2023
Always the highest quality, our Multi Vintage wines have a mission to remain faithful to themselves across both the good years and the leaner ones. The D : Z cuvée represents the pursuit of purity, energy, harmony, and playing with the pitfalls which our terroir, sometimes austere, can bring if one lacks the patience…
Maison BP exclusively selects the first pressings of the three grape varieties, in majority vinified in small oak barrels. The blend is dominated by the terroirs of the northern slopes of Montagne de Reims and the first few kilometers on the right bank of the Marne Valley for the meunier, which in this cuvée, D : Z, is in the spotlight, with equal proportions of chardonnay and pinot noir.
Exceptionally high for Champagne, the «reserve wines» account for half of the blend.
Ageing is far longer than the legal requirement: three to four years in bottle “sur lies”, followed by six months rest after disgorgement. Dosage: Zero.
50% PINOT MEUNIER
25% PINOT NOIR
3 TO 4 YEARS “SUR LIES”
6 MONTHS MINIMUM AFTER DISGORGEMENT
Intense, bright, straw gold. Very fine and persistent effervescence.
Primary notes of white fruits and fresh almond, generous but not opulent. This is followed by aromas of chocolate and toast with fresh raspberr y, star anise and candied chestnuts.
The attack is both lively and rich, blossoming generously on the palate. The same aromatic richness promised on the nose is found on the palate. Texture is both animated and chiselled, with saline notes, and a very long, persistent finish.
“As dry as the name implies, the Champagne is also full of fruit. It has a crisp texture, tightly wrought and with both citrus and green-apple flavors. Drink now.”
Wine Enthusiast – 92/100
“A well-balanced version, clean-cut and chalky, with a subtle mesh of Asian pear, preserved lemon, dried white cherry and salted almond. The minerally underpining drives the spiced finish. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Disgorged April 2020. Drink now.”
Wine Spectator – 91/100
“Intense yeasty autolysis with crackers, sourdough and stones that lends itself well to the sliced apple characters. Bone-dry and austere on the palate with subtle, creamy perlage and concentrated flavors, and a rather mineral finish. 36 months aging on the lees. Disgorged in October 2021.”
JamesSuckling.com – 93/100