I don't pretend to know much about Champagne.
But oh MY, this was a revelation.
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. More than 40 months on its lees (hence the "V.P." or Vieillissement Prolongé).
Yellow-gold. Stunning nose of grilled almonds, brioche, apricot, orange and honey. Rich fruit brightened by orange zest and flowers -- maybe honeysuckle? -- with a deep, chewy texture and a powerful finish.
This was my serendipitous event of this gloriously sunny afternoon, when I ducked into a wine store on my eternal quest for an asparagus wine, struck up a conversation with the owner and another customer, and was offered a glass. And then another as the conversation went on.
BTW, owner recommended a basic dry Chablis with asparagus. Have already come up short with Verdelho, Gruner Veltliner, Sancerre, Viognier and Riesling, so what the heck, I'll give it a shot...