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Leclerc Briant Rosé Brut
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Leclerc Briant Rosé Brut NV

Champagne, FranceThis rising star of biodynamic champagne has roots that go back generations. Lucien Leclerc founded the winery with four hectares of vineyards in Cumières in 1872. The business moved to Épernay in 1955 when Bertrand Leclerc married Jacqueline Briant, founding this négociant firm. Leclerc Briant was an early adopter of organic practices back in the 1960’s, and was one of the first to bottle single-vineyard Champagnes in the 1970’s. In the late 1980’s, Bertrand and Jacqueline’s son, Pascal, began integrating biodynamic principles and part of the production has been Demeter certified since 2003. Today, enologist Hervé Jestin, known for his biodynamics / bioenergetics oversees the wines of the house and its near 30ha of vines, plus another 20ha of organically farmed contract fruit. The Rosé Brut is labeled NV, but this bottle is from the 2015 harvest, and a blend of 95% chardonnay (from Chouilly and Montgueux), 5% pinot noir (from Les Riceys), native fermented in stainless, with a small amount of the pinot noir fermenting in wood. The cepage rests for two years on lees before being disgorged with 5g/l (this bottle in September 2018). Light salmon in hue, this is quite vinous, with fine but persistent bubbles, red currants, cranberry tartness, and brisk astringency, wrapped around a youthful core of red fruit. A kiss of sweet raspberry lingers on the finish. Excellent food wine.Tasted: 06 November 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 85.30 LCBO Producer: Champagne Leclerc BriantDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Blend: Chardonnay - Pinot NoirCSPC: 345107