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Leclerc Briant Clos des Trois Clochers 2016

Mix 12
£176.00
Mix 6
£178.00
Per Bottle
£182.00
Delivery Requires up to 2 Working Days Stored Professionally in-bond outside London LCB Eton Park
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 wine-making pioneers, having been one of the first producers to stop using chemical fertilisers and to experiment with bio-dynamic 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 bio-dynamic. 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 bio-dynamic.

Weather: The 2016 vintage was not without its challenges. There was frost in late spring and very low temperatures in the vineyards, followed by a wet May, June and July, which increased the threat of disease. Thankfully August was warm and dry, which saved the crop, and harvest began on schedule in September. Fruit-forward, lush wines with vibrant acidity.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Premier Cru | 0.4ha plot in Villers-Allerand on the north side of the Montagne de Reims
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Lees Ageing: 4 years
Vinification: 9 months in oak barrels
Bottling date: July 2017
Disgorged: May 2022
Dosage: 1 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: The nose is clean and pronounced, with high-quality oak expressing itself clearly and stylishly. In addition to crunchy orchard fruit, there is also a tropical pineappley edge to the frutiness. Really racy on the intense palate, which starts energetic but quickly turns into something more mellow and vinous. A joyfully fruity wine, bursting with energy. - Tasted by Essi Avellan MW
Champagne Leclerc Briant Overview
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Expert Reviews
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Essi Avellan MW
“This rich and exuberant Chardonnay is grown on a 0.4ha plot surrounding Leclerc Briant's villa in Villers-Allerand on the Montagne de Reims. The nose is clean and pronounced, with high-quality oak expressing itself clearly and stylishly. In addition to crunchy orchard fruit, there is also a tropical pineappley edge to the frutiness. Really racy on the intense palate, which starts energetic but quickly turns into something more mellow and vinous. A joyfully fruity wine, bursting with energy.”
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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