Champagne R&L Legras, Blanc de Blancs

Champagne R&L Legras, Blanc de Blancs

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Champagne R&L Legras, Blanc de Blancs

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Although one should not necessarily judge a Champagne by the number of listings it has in the Michelin-starred restaurants of Paris, one can not fail but to be impressed by Legras in this respect; and in many other respects, indeed, as one tastes the wines. Founded in the 16th century, Legras is one of the great names of Chouilly, the famous and most northerly village of the Côte de Blancs. The House style combines a firm and classic structure with a generous fruit profile.

Champagne R&L Legras Brut is a pure and very satisfying expression of Chardonnay; the Brut has been aged for three years on its lees and has a modest dosage of six grams per litre. The floral aromas are complemented by an autolytic yeastiness and yellow fruits on the palate. Linear and focused, yet not without an attractive depth of flavour, the wine has a long mineral finish.
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Champagne R & L Legras

Champagne R & L Legras

Although one should not necessarily judge a Champagne by the number of listings it has in the Michelin restaurants of Paris, one can not fail but to be impressed by Legras in this respect, in many other respects indeed as one tastes the wines.

Founded in the sixteenth century Legras is one of the great names of Chouilly, the famous and most northerly village of the Côte de Blancs. The House style combines a firm and classic structure with a generous fruit profile.

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Blanc de Blancs

Blanc de Blancs

In Champagne, the term Blanc de Blancs designates Champagnes made only from Chardonnay grapes. The vineyards located between Cramant and Mesnil-sur-Oger in Cote de Blancs yield the best examples of the style.

A classic Blanc de Blancs is restrained and elegant when young, yet with ageing it develops a mouth-coating brioche richness that overlays an intense expression of fruitiness. Blanc de Blancs are endowed with longer ageing potential than a typical Blanc de Noirs.

Recommended Producers: Salon, Billecart Salmon, Jacques Selosse, Dom Ruinart, Krug, Le Mesnil Grand CruGuy Larmandier

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

The Wine Advocate91/100
Jancis
Other
Tanzer

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate91/100
This wine was recommended, but no tasting note was given.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 31/12/2002 Read more
Jancis
Great to see Berry Bros taking the trouble to source a range of growers' champagnes. Lovely development on the nose. Graceful and zesty on the palate. Real filigree texture. Lovely and complete. Quite long. Quite a bargain for Berrys.
Jancis Robinson - Financial Times - 12-Dec-2009
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Other
For better value and often more individual wines, "grower champagnes"- from small producers using their own grapes - are worth exploring.Berry Bros has a good range: R&L Legras Blanc de Blancs NV is excellent - honeyed and long.
Andrew Neather - Cheap champagnes to wet the tastebuds - London Evening Standard - 26.11.09 A beautiful floral nose is followed by a peachy bready fruit that lingers long.
Neil Sowerby, Seasonal Champagnes, Manchester Confidential, 15 Dec 2010 Read more
Tanzer
Pale lemon-yellow colour. Brilliantly fresh aromas of chlorophyll, spring flowers, fresh sage, Granny Smith apple, toast and powdered stone. Very fresh, airy and dry, with subtle but gripping flavours of lemon gelato, lime skin and spices. Wonderfully elegant, pure Champagne, finishing with delicacy and terrific persistence. A perfect aperitif.
Stephen Tanzer, November 2002 Read more