This is the new name/label for the Grand Cru Cuvee Non Dose NV. The VP stands for Vieillisement Prolonge (prolonged aging) with 70 months on lees. Disgorged in May 2005 and comprised of 50% grapes from the 1998 vintage, with the remainder coming from the 1995, 1996 and 1997 vintages. Cost was $85AUD. 12.5% alcohol and sealed with cork.
Tasting Note: Mid-golden in colour with a mellow, fine bead and a very light mousse. The nose exibits aromas of freshly baked bread, brioche, toast, peaches and pear. A beautifully balanced, medium intensity palate with textured, layered fruit depth and vibrancy yet with excellent aged complexity simultaneously. The acidity that one would expect to show in a non dosed wine is present and is tightly focussed across the length of the palate, the quality and purity of the fruit is so good that the acid shows no signs of being overbearing. It has wonderful palate length leading into a finish that lingers with you for some time afterward and leaves you wanting more.