This edition of Doquet’s Mont Aimé is the best value Blanc de Blancs that you can find anywhere. With 10 years lees aging paired with the sensational 2008 vintage the amazing quality is almost unsurprising. It’s creamy yet with tons of energy, a beautiful fruit profile paired with freshly-baked brioche. There’s a slight touch of oxidation which gives complexity to this delicious Champagne. Such great energy! - Daniel
From 1995 to 2003 Pascal Doquet ran his family domaine. Completely independent after buying a portion of the domaine to start his own, he could experiment yet more freely on top of the wealth of experience he had cultivated previously. The Champagnes remain poorly known, and as such represent a great value, especially for those who prefer Blanc de Blancs- almost the entirety of the 5ha that Pascal farms are planted to Chardonnay, as befits his location at the Southern extremity of the Cote des Blancs. The domaine’s signature is found in careful farming, strict sorting, minimal batonnage and long aging on the fine lees.
The 2008 Le Mont Aimé issues from a South facing site east of Vertus which has an uncommonly high proportion of silex and flint, as opposed to the more or less uniform chalk ubiquitous in the Cote des Blancs. According to Pascal this contributes a pronounced smokiness in this cuvée. There remains as well an intense brininess on the finish. This champagne, with no dosage, has been aged over a decade prior to disgorgement and it thrills with the energy typical of this fine vintage. We’re happy to offer this gem at the lowest price in the country, and below a $100 it’s a steal.