"The 2009 Brut Cuvée Empreinte emerges from a parcel of 30 year-old vines in Cumières. Vinification and aging in oak gives the wine its sensual contours. Smoke, almond, dried pear and hazelnut lead into an expressive, layered finish. The radiance of the vintage works to flesh out some of the natural austerity of Cumières, while the wine's balance is absolutely impeccable. Oak influences are felt, but add to the wine's breadth rather than marking the wine excessively. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Disgorged: December 2015."