Champagne de Castelnau has launched its first ever prestige cuvée to mark its 100th Anniversary this year.

The Champagne, named Hors Catégorie, is now being made available in France and to export markets including the UK.

A total of 3,500 numbered bottles were disgorged in November 2015, with a light dosage of 6g of sugar per litre. The blend is 55% Pinot Noir, 28% Pinot Meunier and 17% Chardonnay, selected from 15 top quality base wines from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages.

The 2008 and 2009 components were matured for 12 months in oak barrels, many of which are made of oak from Castelnau’s nearby Argonne forest, adding a local touch to the wine.

In addition, and reflecting Champagne de Castelnau’s practice of extensive lees ageing, Hors Catégorie was aged on its lees for five years.

Winemaker Elisabeth Sarcelet said: “Hors Catégorie has buttery hints which soften and round out the wine’s natural minerality giving a truly sensual texture. This is a Champagne of finesse and elegance and, to me, its gently toasty style adds to the highly distinctive flavours on the finish.”

Hors Catégorie comes in a black and white presentation box, designed to reflect the subtle and delicate style of the wine, and its RRP in the UK is £85.00.