Champagne Leclerc Briant Extra Brut Millesime 2015
This wine shows surprising richness for an Extra Brut thanks to 80-100 months aging on its lees before disgorgement and the ripe character that comes with a declared vintage. An expansive nose of lemon curd, white flowers, and bread notes leads to a palate that shows a mouth-coating richness and a lingering saltiness on the finish.
Gastronomic Champagne is the goal of Leclerc Briant, and all of their wines are intended to accompany fine cuisine. This Champagne is superb with full-flavored dishes of considerable weight such as lobster or crayfish served with toasted brioche or sautéed turbot with puréed root vegetables. A classic rabbit with a mustard sauce or roasted chicken would both match the weight of this texturally rich Champagne.
Blend: 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier
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Slightly ethereal, a fine blend of complex development and pure fruit selection, red apple and oatmeal notes. Beautiful light textured mousse. Blend : 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.
Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.
With nearly negligible exceptions, . These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’
Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.