Hors Catégorie - Champagne Castelnau
Cuvée HORS CATEGORIE is so named to demonstrate Champagne Castelnau's absolute mastery of the heights to which great Champagnes can rise.
Every release of a Cuvée HORS CATEGORIE is a limited edition of a unique blend. It won't become a model for any future wines under the same label. Instead, each cuvée will be put together to bring out the best of the very individual components selected from only the most exceptional wines in the cellar.
HORS CATEGORIE édition C.T 2115
Because this winemaking frame brings us new surprises and pioneering oenological challenges, we have named this series HORS CATEGORIE in honour of the top classification of the legendarily tough mountain passes.
Since it was climbed in 2011, the same year as this cuvee was bottled, we named it after the Col du Tourmalet - altitude 2115m - one of the most famous Hors Catégorie passes.
- A very specific winemaking process
- A blend of remarkable vintages
- Selected Crus
- 15 different base wines
- Argonne oak barrique ageing,
5 years' bottle ageing on lees
- 3500 bottles limited release
- Lower bottle fermentation to produce a
very fine, gentle effervescence
Delicately spicy, vanilla, toasty aromas - Baking fresh bread, fresh almond, smoke and cacao notes - First impression of lemon and orange rind, followed by roasted almonds - Stone fruit flavours of mirabelle and apricot - Minerality wrapped in a truly sensual texture