Blauwal (blue whale) a seemingly puzzling name for bubble coming from a mountainous region. The original label was a sketch of a blue whale, designed by Elisabetta Foradori’s late husband. They recently re-designed labels to this now more classic, sleak package. Made in tiny quantities, Blauwal is truly a rare gem. 100% Chardonnay coming from the Hills of Pressano, near the town of Garli. Fermentation takes place in both stainless steel and used barriques, followed by malo and eight months of aging on the lees. After blended with back vintages and second fermentation, bubbles age for 40 months. I consider this unusually long for a non-vintage, especially considering the minimum for Champagne is 12 months. There is a fantastic balance of minerality, elegance, freshness, texture, and toastiness.