Champagne AR Lenoble Grand Cru `Blanc de Blancs` `Mag Series` N.V.
£50.95 per bottle
Produced entirely from Grand Cru Chardonnay from vineyards in the village of Chouilly, aged in the cellars for a minimum of four years and includes 35% reserve wine. Golden colour with the greenish tints so typical of a Blanc de Blancs, with extremely fine bubbles and delicate foam. On the nose the first impression is floral, followed by rich aromas of white fruit. Buttery and round on the palate, with a very long lasting finish.
Wonderful aperitif, it will also be divine with fine, light dishes such as seafood or sushi.
Awarded 90 points by Robert Parker in April 2018.
The vineyards of Champagne are planted in three distinct areas south of the city of Reims. The `Montagne de Reims` is predominately planted with Pinot Noir, the backbone to the Champagne blend, whilst Chardonnay is ideally suited to the chalky slopes of the `Cote des Blancs` south of the town of Epernay. Pinot Meunier dominates the `Vallee de la Marne`, an area susceptible to frosts, which it is more able to withstand, due to later budding. The secret of Champagne is in the blend, where wines from different grape varieties and vineyards are blended to achieve the `house style`.
Armand-Raphael called the house Lenoble because “Champagne is the noblest of all wines, Champagne Lenoble, the noble Champagne.” AR Lenoble celebrated their centenary in 2020 and this House has earned the respect of many in the wine world under the continued stewardship of sister-and-brother team Anne and Antoine Malassagne, the great-grandchildren of founder Armand-Raphaël Graser. Focussing on sustainability, the vineyards of AR Lenoble have been certified HVE (Haute Valeur Environnementale), one of the first Champagne Houses to be do. Beehives were introduced into the vineyards of the domaine nearly a decade ago, a testament to their commitment to biodiversity. AR Lenoble owns 18 hectares in three prime locations in Champagne. Chouilly, Bisseuil and Damery. 100% of the Chardonnay used to craft their wines comes from the Grand Cru village of Chouilly while 100% of the Pinot Noir comes from the Premier Cru village of Bisseuil. Pinot Meunier comes from the village of Damery.