Champagne Valentin Leflaive Extra Brut

Story

Location
Altitude : 170m
Terroir
Soil type : Chalk
Grappe origin : 100 % Grauves 1er Cru
Côte des Blancs
In the vineyard
Viticulture : sustainable
Harvests 100% manual (2014)
Vinification
Pressing time : 4 hours
100% whole bunches
Fining : No
Ageing
In stainless-steel vats with 30% reserve wine matured in used Burgundy barrels
New barrels : None
Matured : 10 months including 2 months to allow the wines to marry.
Aging on lath : 42 months
Date of disgorging : 18/09/2018
Dosage : 4,5 gr/litre
Varietals
Chardonnay : 100%
Specifications
Age of vines: 45 years ans
Alcohol content: 12,5%vol % vol.

Advice

Serving
Drinking window : Now until 2025
Temperature : serve at 8-11°C
Tasting notes
A brilliant yellow colour highlighted by flashes of gold. On the nose freshness and minerality subtly marry with notes of ripe citrus fruit. A crisp and tight attack is sustained by the creamy texture of the mousse whilst the freshness of the wine is perfectly complemented by flavours of citrus fruit and stone fruit culminating in a finish that is long and full of flavour.
Food pairings
Excellent at any time of the day, or night, with shell fish, white meat, fish and cheese

Reviews

93pts
"This brilliant wine is the result of a partnership between Erick de Sousa in the Côte des Blancs and Burgundian Chardonnay specialist Olivier Leflaive. It shines with crisp white fruit and citrus flavor, textured with minerality. Bottle age has let a touch of toastiness creep in, making it very ready to drink."
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