Clos de la Chapelle 'Instinct' Premier Cru NV
This is a simply outstanding Premier Cru Champagne made by 23 independent vine growers, who are heirs to the original founders who joined forces in 1948. This is a wonderful example of what you can get from relatively small and unknown Champagne houses, it really delivers where price versus quality is concerned. An average of 250,000 bottles are made from 50 hectares of vine, and this is divided between the eight different cuvees that Clos de la Chapelle produce. Toasty brioche notes on the nose, with a subtle hint of liquorice spice. Lovely, rich and full in the mouth, it has a lingering finish.