In the Glass: Pale gold/yellow in color, light, limpid and crystalline, fizzing with thousands of bubbles. Nose: An open and expressive nose, with rich flavors of plump, ripe yellow stone fruit such as apricots or peaches or even dried fruit (almonds). Palate: From the first sip the palate is rich, rounded and powerful. It shows a lovely development with a soft freshness combined. Food matches: Perfect as a refreshing accompaniment to simple grilled meat dishes in the summer heat. The light salty tang on the champagne's finish reflects wonderfully with crisp, pan-fried garden vegetables, cooked and seasoned à la Passard . . .