NV93 Champagne Palmer Amazone de Palmer (Sparkling white)
Complex Champagne often comes with complex methodology. Palmer's Amazone de Palmer is made even less frequently than many Vintage wines, with a release every 5 or 6 years. This wine was made with an almost equal blend of top quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims villages of Trepail, Villers Marmery (for the Chard), Mailly and Verzenay (for the PN) and a blend of wines from 2012, 2010 and 2009 as well as a Solera Chardonnay followed by 10 years ageing on the lees. Unsurprisingly the wine is full bodied, rich and yeasty, its richness balanced with fine, linear, chalky acidity and long fresh white citrus fruit. Really rather stunning - but the Extra Reserve at a quarter of the price is an equally outstanding recommendation.