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Champagne AR Lenoble, Chouilly Grand Cru Millésime Champagne, France 2012 (750mL)
AR Lenoble is a rare breed in Champagne—both a highly respected house and independently owned since day one. This is a family resolute in keeping operations close-knit and crafting the greatest, purest expressions from an impressive collection of elite vineyards. Chardonnay from Grand Cru Chouilly yields some of the finest Champagne for a reason: It delivers a powerful, palpable level of minerality in the form of oyster shell, crushed white stone, and chalk. It’s all there in today’s long-aged 2012 from AR Lenoble. After releasing the cork, the wine hits the glass with intensity, bubbling up with a fierce mousse that quickly dissipates to reveal a bright straw-yellow core with silver reflections. The nose oozes white-gloved delicacy first and foremost, but with a wonderful richness that constantly evolves from ripe orchard fruit, peach, and apricot, to salt-preserved lemon, citrus blossoms, lees, and honeysuckle. Although sporting a mere two-gram dosage, it works masterfully here, adding ample body and texture to each lengthy, richly flavored sip. This is the epitome of Grand Cru blanc de blancs!
- Sub-RegionGrand Cru Chouilly
- FarmingSustainable w/ Organic Practices
- OakPartial Barrel Fermentation
- Temp.Serve at 50-55° F
- GlasswareAll-Purpose Stem
- PairingCrispy Fried Chicken
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