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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 2015, and sourced from four villages. This bottle was disgorged in May 2021 with 3 g/L. Being so recently disgorged, this is ringing with freshness and vibrancy, livening a red apple, white cherry, meringue, and toast base, finishing with a lick of anise. The texture is chalky, and acidity is shining. This is quite a smart cuvée, primed for drinking now.Tasted: 10 November 2021Tasted by: Prices: ON 96.95 consignment Producer: Champagne Leclerc BriantDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Blend: Pinot Noir - Pinot Meunier - ChardonnayCSPC: 818906