Champagne AR Lenoble Grand Cru `Blanc de Blancs` `Mag 14` N.V.

Country
France
Region
Champagne
Producer
Champagne AR Lenoble
Grape(s)
Chardonnay (100%)
Type
Sparkling
Style
Fizz
Oaked Style
Not Set
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Bone dry
Alcohol Content
12%
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
Yes
Vegan
Yes
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

Region

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`.

Producer

AR Lenoble was founded nearly 100 years ago in 1920. Still family owned by sister-and-brother team Anne and Antoine Malassagne, the great-grandchildren of founder Armand-Raphaël Graser. 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.
Tasting Notes
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.
Food
Wonderful aperitif, it will also be divine with fine, light dishes such as seafood or sushi.
Media
Awarded 90 points by Robert Parker in April 2018.