The 2010 Vintage – A rare vintage ideal for Chardonnay
The wine-growing year started out auspiciously with an early spring, but this promising start was then impeded by the very low temperatures in June which delayed the flowering. The summer brought thunderstorms, high temperatures and humidity, which made it difficult for the Pinot Noir grapes in particular to ripen.
The vineyard plots in the Côte des Blancs selected for this champagne benefit from an ideal exposure and the decision to pick the grapes at the end of the harvest, enabled these Chardonnays to reach perfect maturity and a very high quality.
Colour: Beautiful pale gold hue with crystalline reflections.
Nose: The first nose is very mineral and chalky with notes of citrus fruit, fresh almonds and hazelnuts. The second nose then reveals notes of spices, tonka beans and nutmeg, underpinned by a lovely freshness. After several minutes, aromas of stone fruit, mocha and praline with pastry overtones start to come through.
Palate: The wine is broad on entry with a verticality on the palate that mirrors the minerality detected on the nose. The very fine saline and iodine notes, accompanied by touches of lemon and citrus fruit, give way to spicy notes that underpin the long, warm finish and reveal the perfect harmony that emanates from this wine.
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: Long, 9 months’ ageing on the fine lees in small vats with regular bâtonnage (stirring of the lees)
Awards: 93pts – Wine Spectator; 97pts – Vinous Antonio Galloni
This is a very versatile champagne; its slightly saline character will marry perfectly with a tartare of scampi with citrus fruit or a poached turbot fillet, while its spicy finish will complement lightly-spiced poultry breast or a veal medallion with morel mushrooms. Best enjoyed between 8 and 10°C and its cellar-ageing potential is excellent.
History of Barons de Rothschild
Everything starts in the heart of the renowned Grands Blancs vineyards, a part of the Champagne region where Chardonnay has pride of place. The painstaking care lavished on each Barons de Rothschild Champagne reflects an exceptional commitment to quality that gives them such rarity value. Just like two centuries ago, each bottle rests in cellars hewn out of the rock where darkness and silence reign in respect for the fine Champagne in the making.
Every Barons de Rothschild Champagne has exceptional characteristics that make each Champagne unique and great. The celebrated finesse in the Barons de Rothschild Blanc de Blancs comes from the blend of the greatest Chardonnay grapes in Champagne after at least four years of cellars ageing. Inimitable brilliance, delicate bubbles, luminous golden glints, the very low dosage and long ageing after disgorging (6 to 9 months) enhance its innate quality. This Chardonnay develops its inherent authenticity and purity, for full appreciation for every occasion and at any time throughout the day.
The exclusively Chardonnay cuvée is crafted from the primary Côte des Blancs crus: Avize, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger. Reserve wines are used for a minimum of 40% of the blend. The exceptional expertise of the Barons de Rothschild house is a strong asset which enables composing a consistent blend year after year.