Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs CV 15 40 Champagne NV
Leflaive is a name already synonymous with the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Burgundy. So, when Olivier Leflaive expanded his empire into Champagne, it instantly became one of the most exciting new players in the region. Champagne Valentin Leflaive (named after Olivier’s son) couples a modern and transparent approach that will appeal to those of us with geeky tendencies, with the kind of provenance, reputation and expertise that are sure to pique the interest of true connoisseurs.
Champagne Valetin Leflaive’s vegan-friendly wines are given codes, rather than names. These indicate the year and origin of the base, and also the dosage (the sweetness added to balance the Champagne). So, Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs CV 15 40 is a pure Chardonnay based on wines harvested in the 2015 vintage (15) from the Grand Cru of Cramant (C) and the Premier Cru of Vertus (V), finished with a dosage of 4.0g/l (40). It was disgorged in the summer of 2020, following four years (four times longer than required by law for a non-vintage Champagne) ageing on the lees (the spent yeast that gives top sparkling wine its bready and nutty flavour profile). The result is like Grand Cru Chablis with bubbles. Rich and aromatic with dazzling precision and dizzying complexity, this is a stunning introduction to Champagne Valentin Leflaive. As our Wine Buyer puts it, “It’s lovely to see a winemaking dynasty evolve and build for its next generation. The wines are fresh and thrillingly original.”
Olivier Leflaive is part of one of Burgundy’s most iconic dynasties. He co-ran Domaine Leflaive for over a decade, including four years in collaboration with his cousin, the late, great Anne-Claude. Having set up a successful négociant business on the side, Olivier decided in 1994 to spread his wings and pursue his own venture. With that name, fine Burgundy running in his blood, and the help of sensational winemakers like Jean-Marc Boillot (grandson of Etienne Sauzet) and Franck Grux (previously at Domaine Roulot), Olivier Leflaive’s enterprise was assured stardom. The business owns around 15 hectares of vineyards in prime locations, such as Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet, and famously their wine was chosen by the British royal family to be served at the wedding of Ms Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Valentin Leflaive is one of the family’s more recent ventures and since its inception in 2015, the esteemed winemaking team – lead by Christophe Pitois – has already garnered high plaudits.
£8.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3389257
Style No.: 863025
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