Avize 15 40 Grand Cru 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, Avize 15-40 is a Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) based on wines harvested in the 2015 vintage (15) from the Grand Cru of Avize in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, then finished with a dosage of 4.0g/l (40). It was disgorged early in 2020, following three and a half years (more than three 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). What pours into the glass is a wonderful reflection of this famous terroir, with notes of orange zest, white flowers and chalk. The minerality of the seemingly everlasting finish is truly magnificent.
Avize is home to a restaurant and hotel run by the Selosse family and a prestigious viticultural school through which many of the region’s greats have passed. The vineyards are equally star studded with plots owned by Selosse, Agrapart, Larmandier-Bernier, Varnier-Fannières, Duval-Leroy, Jacquesson, Moët & Chandon, Mumm, Perrier-Jouët, Piper Heidsieck, Pol Roger, Roederer and Taittinger. Now Leflaive joins the pantheon of Champagne’s greats who make wine here.
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.
£11.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3617175
Style No.: 863027
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