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Champagne Leclerc Briant Brut Reservetext

Champagne Leclerc Briant Brut Reserve NV

Champagne, FranceThis negoc house was founded in 1955 when Bertrand Leclerc married Jacqueline Briant. They were an early adopter of organic practices back in the 1960’s, and were 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 Brut Reserve name is not entirely correct. This wine, making up 75% of production, is entirely from the 2019 vintage, and is dosed extra brut with 4.5 g/L, disgorged in December 2022. This blend of 40/40/20 Pinot Noir / Pinot Meunier / Chardonnay was native fermented in stainless and oak (the latter 20%) with full MLF over 10 months. This went into bottle unfined and unfiltered, where it rested 30 months on lees. Bright green apple, lightly toasted brioche, lemon blossoms, almond meringue run across a shimmering palate to a stony, saline finish. Quite smart, this is a lovely go-to champagne with canapés or dinner.Tasted: 01 December 2023Tasted by: Prices:
Producer: Champagne Leclerc BriantDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Blend: Pinot Noir - Pinot Meunier - Chardonnay