1989 marked the return of the hot, dry vintages, similar to the legendary years of 1945, 1959 and 1964. After very early budding, the vines suffered from a cold spell. On April 27, a severe spring frost hit a large section of the Champagne vineyard.
The Vallée de la Marne and the East of the Montagne de Reims suffered enormous damage, whereas the Côte des Blancs remained intact. Overall, thanks to its very advantageous location in the heart of the best vineyards in Champagne, the House vineyard was spared. Later on, summer conditions set in, allowing the vine to regain its normal cycle. A few cold days, when the vines were in the sensitive flowering period, temporarily clouded our hopes for a good quality harvest. But these worries soon disappeared as exceptional weather soon set in and continued for a long time. From mid-June right up to harvesting, there was a succession of hot sunny days. The first grapes, ripened in perfect conditions, were picked on September 4 in our Côte des Blancs Grands Crus. The Pinots Noirs and the Meuniers were left to ripen a few more days before picking, which gave grapes of perfect quality in an excellent state of health. In the end, an average degree of 10° GL was obtained for the whole of the vineyard, with some vines even approaching 11° GL.
Cave Privée 1989 is made up of wines from 25 Grands and Premiers Crus;from regions in the Montagne de Reims, the Grande Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs.
The blend is 66% Pinot noir and 34% Chardonnay.
The 1989 vintage is full of surprises. Hot weather made for supple, full and round wines which we rediscover today full of assertive youth and unexpected freshness. Full-flavored and immediate, the structure provided by the Pinot Noir makes the taste/palate strong, with remarkable presence and length in finish.
Appearance: The color is a strong gold. In the glass, the bead is fine and persistent
Aromas: Ripe and dried fruit and exotic spice, Discreet notes of saffron, badian, sandalwood and eau de vie