As with all Blanc de Blanc from Champagne, the wine is 100% Chardonnay. Lenoble does a standard Chouilly B de B, however this was a special release. Like the standard B de B, the fruit comes from the Grand Cru village of Chouilly, but what makes this different is that while the majority of the blend comes from the 2014 vintage, a portion of the reserve wine came from the 2010 vintage. This portion was aged in magnum, under cork until 2014, hence the reference to ‘Mag 2014’ on the label. Ageing in magnum is done (eg. Bollinger) but it’s not common practice. Most Champagne is aged (post second ferment) in cellars in standard bottles under crown seal (bottle cap). The initial ferment saw 25% oak and the dosage is 5g/l which makes it very dry.
Despite the name, this is a normal (750ml) sized bottle not a magnum. This wine was tasted at a 67 Pall Mall shin-dig and received with the impressive score of 18/20 from Jancis Robinson, who is a notoriously tough marker, so this is huge praise from her. For comparison here are the top five wines:
- Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (19.5/20)
- Dom Perignon 2008 (18.5/20)
- AR Lenoble Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc Chouilly ‘Mag 14’ NV (18/20)
- Jacques Lassaigne Brut Nature 2008 (18/20)
- Jacquesson Cuvee 741 Extra Brut NV (18/20)
“A bit more densely textured than the Intense bottling. Very pretty and, again, rather lacy and transparent. Long and impressive.” Jancis Robinson, 18/20.
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