The Cuvee of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir was rated with 90/100 points (WineAdvocate #180) and gets the same rating as a 2002 Roederer Blanc de Blanc or a Krug Grande Cuvee. A perfect work in the vineyard is the basic for this amazing Champagner with a perfect price-performance ratio:
"The NV Brut Cuvee Traditionelle is an exceptional wine at this level. Notes of ash, chalk and crushed rocks dominate this taut, focused Champagne. Medium in body, the wine reveals tons of clarity not to mention significant pedigree. The NV Brut is mostly 2005 juice, with the addition of 40% reserve wines from vintages 2004, 2003, 1999, 1996 and 1994, 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. The relatively high amount of reserve wines undoubtedly contributes to this Champagne’s complexity. Margaine gave 20% of the wine malolactic fermentation and dosage was 8.5 grams.
I was blown away by Arnaud Margaine’s wines. These are Champagnes of extraordinary purity and sheer elegance. Margaine farms 6.5 hectares, 90% planted to Chardonnay, the rest Pinot Noir." 90/100 Points - Drink: 2008-2012.