The aromas are similar to the basic wine, but finer. Softer and silkier in the mouth, again with a small burst of energy in the mid-palate. Not quite the energy of the ‘basic’ wine, but a clear step-up in refinement in all areas.
Whilst this is a barrel selection, they usually fin that year-in, year-out it is wine from exactly the same producers that is chosen. There’s a little more oak (20%) and a high proportion of the grapes are sourced from the Hautes Côtes. The nose is not so deep as its sister cuvée but it’s wider and more interesting. More citrus bite, more dimension and an improvement in the finish too – this is quite a big step-up