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Leclerc Briant Abyss Rose 2018

Leclerc Briant Abyss Rose 2018

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Leclerc Briant Abyss Rose 2018
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Leclerc Briant Abyss Rose 2018 Overview

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There have been five successive generations of Leclerc's, beginning with Lucien Leclerc in 1872 in the village of Cumiéres. In 1955, the house moved to the current premises it still occupies today in Épernay. In 2012, Leclerc Briant was saved from extinction when it was acquired by American couple Mark Nunelly and Denise Dupré, who fell in love with the nonconformist character of the House. They quickly appointed Hervé Jestin as Chief Winemaker and Frédéric Zeimatt as General Manager, two individuals with extensive experience in the industry. Leclerc Briant are renown winemaking pioneers, having been one of the first producers to stop using chemical fertilisers and to experiment with biodynamic vine cultivation back in the 1970s, and being one of the first houses to introduce single vineyards champagnes in the early 1990s. Today the entire vineyard is certified as organic and biodynamic. In addition, all the champagnes released onto the market are certified as vegan. The Maison own 14 hectares and buy grapes from another 15 hectares, both of which are farmed organic or biodynamic.

The first “Abyss” was specially created from the 2012 harvest for underwater ageing by Leclerc Briant, in association with Amphoris, a company specializing in undersea projects. 2018 is the very first vintage of Rosé Abyss, based on wines from the 2018 harvest, blended and bottled in June 2019, disgorged in July 2021 and then off to Brittany in September 2021 where it spends just over 10 months 60 meters under the sea before being retrieved in July 2022. The grapes that make up this cuvée were harvested from select Champagne villages, renowned for their specific limestone subsoil; carefully chosen terroirs that are in perfect resonance with the marine sediment located in the Bay of Stiff, at the eastern tip of the “Ile d’Ouessant” off the coast of France in Brittany.

Cuvée Abyss is a champagne with a resolutely maritime character which has benefited from being matured at the bottom of the sea. To taste it is to discover and appreciate the same mineral qualities that one finds in the chalky and sandy soils of the Champagne terroir where it had its origins.

Weather: The 2018 year started cold particularly February with some snowfall. By April the sunshine emerged leading to flowering at the end of May, some 10 days ahead of the 10 year average. Summer was hot and mostly dry with harvest starting on 20th August and lasted some 4 weeks. The lower night time temperatures during summer helped preserve the grapes natural acidity. In general all grapes performed well, with lots of forward fruit and most champagne will have ok acidity, not racy, not soft. Becoming a new benchmark for the Champagne region in terms of the heat, drought and sunshine levels!

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Premier Cru | Chardonnay: Bisseuil |Pinot Noir: Les Riceys
Grape Varieties: 85% Chardonnay & 15% Pinot Noir (vinified as red wine)
Red wine: 15% from Les Riceys
Less Ageing: 2 years
Bottling date: June 2019
Disgorged: July 2021
Submerged: September 2021
Dosage: 0 g/l
Drink: Now to 2032

Tasting Note: The fragrant, evolving Pinot nose comes with savoury bitter cherry, sous bois and bitter almond notes. On the palate the Burgundian tones are further accentuated in the vinous and structured, bone-dry feel of the wine, the iodine-like mineral tones hinting at the months spend submerged in the sea. - Tasted by Essi Avellan MW

Read our article on how Abyss is made here.
Champagne Leclerc Briant History
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Essi Avellan MW
“The exciting under-the-sea matured Abyss Champagne family is growing, with 2018 seeing the very first vintage of pink Abyss. This is not merely the rosé version of the original Abyss but a wine in its own rights. Composed of a body of Chardonnay and a hefty 15% splash of rich, soulful Les Riceys Pinot Noir red wine, this is truly a gastronomic Champagne in a style of its own. The deep peachy colour comes with copper tones. The fragrant, evolving Pinot nose comes with savoury bitter cherry, sous bois and bitter almond notes. On the palate the Burgundian tones are further accentuated in the vinous and structured, bone-dry feel of the wine, the iodine-like mineral tones hinting at the months spend submerged in the sea. Dosage 0g/l”
News Articles
  1. Leclerc Briant: Champagne Range Tasting and Bioenergetic Innovations

    Leclerc Briant: Champagne Range Tasting and Bioenergetic Innovations

    July 23, 2019

    We recently visited Leclerc Briant with Jancis Robinson MW. General manager Frédéric Zeimett and winemaker Hervé Jestin discussed the winemaking innovations happening at Leclerc Briant and we tasted a range of champagnes, including Hervé's personal project.
  2. Bioenergetic Winemaking at Leclerc Briant

    Bioenergetic Winemaking at Leclerc Briant

    April 26, 2019

    Leclerc Briant winemaker Hervé Jestin is paving the way in bioenergetic winemaking. Utilising techniques such as underwater ageing and vinification in gold-lined barrels, Jestin produces wines with a high level of positive energy. We visited the house in Épernay to find out more.
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