Sparkling wine. Champagne, France. Organic. 67% Pinot Noir, 23% Chardonnay, 10% Meunier. “The cuvée Hermance from Christian Bourmault is a blended wine that is actually, based primarily on pinot noir from the village of Mareuil le Port, with Chardonnay from Cuis and Pinot Meunier from Mareuil le Port and Leuvrigny. The cépages of the current release is two-thirds pinot noir, twenty-three percent chardonnay and ten percent pinot meunier. The wine is from the base year of 2014 and thirty percent of the vins clairs are barrel-fermented, with the rest done in stainless steel. Like all of Monsieur Bourmault’s wines, the vins clairs underwent and extended elevage in the cellars prior to bottling for secondary fermentation in July of 2015; the wine was disgorged in October of 2018 and finished with a dosage of seven grams per liter. The bouquet is bright and classy, offering up scents of white peach, apple, lovely soil tones, gentle smokiness, brioche and a discreet topnote of meunier-like floral tones. On the palate the wine is vibrant, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a fine core of fruit, pinpoint bubbles, zesty acids and lovely focus and grip on the long, classy, and very gently oaky finish.