53% Pinot Noir, largely from Verzy and Verzenay, with a touch of Bouzy, Ambonnay and Aÿ; 47% Chardonnay, predominantly from Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; 8g/L dosage
In response to the generous, rounded, supple 2006 season, Demarville’s predecessor, Jacques Péters, increased the share of chardonnay in his final La Grande Dame. Demarville confessed to some nervousness at launching the 2006 after the calibre of the linear and refined 2004.
The two seasons certainly stand in contrast, with the 2006 already much more approachable and immediate. It launches confi dently into generous, rich ginger, honey, toast, roast nuts and brioche, well into its phase of secondary evolution, yet in no way broad or developed. Citruszest liveliness defines a honed focus, while a fine chalk mineral structure keeps the finish lively and energetic
96 points Tyson Stelzer