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P. Lancelot-Royer, “Cuvée des Chevaliers” Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature Cramant, Champagne, France MV (750mL)
For a non-vintage brut nature (i.e. no dosage) bottling at this price point, the wine’s vital stats are incredibly impressive: it was aged five years on its lees in bottle; hand-riddled; and blended with 30% ‘reserve’ wines from previous vintages. That certainly explains its depth and persistence on the palate. In its Brut Nature incarnation (there is also a “regular” Cuvée des Chevaliers with a modest dosage), it ratchets the minerality component up to 11, leaving no doubt as to its chalky limestone origins.
In the glass, Cuvée des Chevaliers is a bright yellow-gold extending to the rim, with heady aromas of green apple, pear, peach, citrus pith, cream, brioche dough, dried white flowers, and a pile of crushed stones. It has the creaminess you’d expect from such long lees aging, but also a very full-fruited personality and a strong, balancing mineral component. It’s one of the more mouth-filling blanc de blancs Champagnes we’ve had in some time, with a beautifully refreshing blast of ripe green apple fruit on the palate. It has plenty of backbone and heft for extended aging.
- Sub-RegionCôte des Blancs
- Temp.Serve at 45-50° F
- GlasswareAll-Purpose Stem
- PairingBroiled Oysters
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