VIII

Sceptre Noir

Brut โ€“ Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru

Symbol of power and strength, it stands out at the first taste. The sceptre is an emblem of authority in the hands of a king for the special mission entrusted him as his people’s ‘shepherd’. Sceptre Noir perfectly embodies this image. It is a prize winner, apotheosis attribute and guest of honour at ceremonies. It is said that Remigius, bishop of Rheims, crowning Clovis king of the Franks, gave him a blessed barrel full of Champagne. As long as the king continued to win in battle and bore the sceptre of his people high this barrel would never end and despite the fact that the king drank plentifully from it every day, it remained full because Clovis was never defeated.

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Main features

  • Grape varieties:

    Blanc de Noirs 100% Pinot Noir Grand Cru

  • Area of provenance:

    Montagne de Reims
    A hilly area made up, for the most part, by deep chalky terrain which allows for excellent drainage. The grapes used for this cuvée grow on exceptional south facing sunny slopes and benefit from a special climatic phenomenon. At night the warm air created during the day in the higher areas descends to the valley ensuring perfect grape ripening.

  • Alcoholic fermentation:

    Takes place entirely in steel tanks.

  • Malolactic fermentation:

    Yes

  • Ageing:

    36 months on the yeasts

  • Dosage:

    5 gr/l

  • Alcohol:

    12%

  • Serving temperature:

    7-8°C

  • Tasting notes:

    Appearance: pale golden yellow with brilliant highlights which generate special plays of light in the glass. An elegant, soft and delicate mousse with ultra-fine bubbles some of which are imperceptible to the naked eye.
    Bouquet: an attractive and authoritative nose, an incredible Pinot Noir incarnation. Initial fresh fruit nuances such as peach and pear are always present but never invasive because they are accompanied by a pronounced minerality as well as by mini dried fruit and nuts and honey sensations.
    Palate: a mouth which astounds and not only for its ultra-fine bubbles but also for the perfect balance between power and elegant finesse. A triumph of fruit, both red and white accompanied by a rapid succession of toast and spice nuances. A long, balanced and persistent finish, which pleasant mineral notes suddenly bring to a close with agreeable savoury notes.

  • Food pairing suggestions:

    Perfect both as an important pre-dinner drink and right through a meal; excellent with fish and crustaceans both raw and cooked: prawns, clams and mussels. A noble sea or fresh water fish like sole or John Dory brings out all its facets. Eastern, spicy cooking with curry; white and red meats. It goes especially well with veal cheek.