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Leclerc Briant Brut Reserve NV

Mix 12
£46.00
Mix 6
£48.00
Per Bottle
£48.00
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Description & Technical Information
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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 goal at the House of Leclerc Briant is to create and market unique champagnes with an innovative style through a combination of meticulous attention to detail in both the vineyard and the winery, together with the utmost care of, and respect for, Mother Nature and the Terroirs. This is one of those champagnes they declare as non-vintage yet it is all from a single year currently 2018 and 5% of the grape juice was fermented in oak barrel. The wine is settled naturally and is not filtered and is suitable for vegans. The wine is bottled with lower sugar than normal so the bottle fermentation produces a champagne at around 5 bars of pressure rather than the typical 6 bars. This gives a smaller bubble and gently mousse, making it even more ideal to match with food.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Premier Cru | Chardonnay: Bisseuil |Pinot Noir: Avenay-Val-d'Or | Meunier: Vrigny
Grape Varieties: 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier
Lees Ageing: 3 years
Base Vintage: 2018
Disgorged: October 2021
Dosage: 4.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2025

Tasting Note: A straw yellow colour with brilliant flashes of paler yellow. Green apples, lemon and notes of fresh almonds. On the palate blackcurrant, peach, blood orange and fresh grapes accompany aniseed and juniper. Delightfully long finish with a creamy mid palate.
Champagne Leclerc Briant Overview
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Expert Reviews
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson
“Based on the 2017 vintage. Disgorged in August 2021. Dosage 4.54 g/l. Very deep copper colour. A really glorious array of wild, floral aromas. Hugely distinctive and the opposite of formulaic with a tiny little bead. Mouth-filling. Tingly on the (dry) finish. So amazingly long with some lemon notes on the end! This is superior champagne that I would recommend to any serious champagne lover. So full of life!”
93/100
Peter Moser
“Medium golden yellow, silver reflections, fine mousse. Delicate white nougat, hints of yellow tropical fruit, floral touch, tangerine zest. Juicy, integrated acid structure, fine tobacco savouriness, apple fruit on the finish. Easy to drink.”
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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