Champagne Palmer & Co has introduced Grands Terroirs 2003, a limited-edition cuvée produced from vineyards in the Montagne de Reims.
Bottled exclusively in magnum with individually numbered labels, the selection is set to be released on October 1 for sale online, and at select fine wine retailers and restaurants in the U.S.
The suggested retail price is $400 per bottle.
This release is the combination of the House’s Premier and Grand Cru vineyards on the Montagne de Reims.
“2003 was a very unusual year,” says Palmer & Co Cellar Master Xavier Berdin. “Champagne experienced a dry winter and spring with two severe frosts, an early flowering, and a heatwave in the summer. The care lavished on the pressing was, even more so than in a typical year, a deciding factor in achieving quality wines.”
The majority of the Palmer & Co vineyards are located on the north-facing slopes (the Grands Crus of Maillyand Verzenay) and the north-eastern slopes (Premiers Crus of Trépail and Villers-Marmery) of the Montagne de Reims.
“Grands Terroirs is an exceptional wine made from an exceptional vintage,” explains Winemaker and CEO Rémi Vervier explains. “We wanted to make a wine that demonstrated the power of fine workmanship coupled with the essence of our most noble terroirs and the patience required to make a great wine. After 12 years of aging on the lees, Grands Terroirs 2003 reveals the spirit of excellence of Champagne Palmer & Co.”
Produced from a blend of 54% pinot noir and 46% chardonnay, Grands Terroirs 2003 has a nose with aromas of citrus fruits, roasted coffee, candied apricot, acacia and brioche, the company says. It is silky on the palate.
Each of the 1,703 magnums produced is individually numbered and housed in a wooden keepsake box decorated with a map of the Montagne de Reims region.