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Champagne Leclerc Briant Premier Cru Extra Bruttext
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Champagne Leclerc Briant Premier Cru Extra Brut 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. This blends 70% pinot noir, and 15% each of pinot meunier and chardonnay, all from 2014, and sourced from four villages. This bottle was disgorged in June 2020 with 2 g/L. Chalk leads this wine, backed by green apple, red apple, meringue, and light toast through the lengthy finish. More structured and refined than the NV Brut, yet still highly approachable, this is an elegant wine for drinking now.Tasted: 22 April 2021Tasted by: Prices: ON 96.95 consignment Producer: Champagne Leclerc BriantDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Blend: Pinot Noir - Pinot Meunier - ChardonnayCSPC: 818906