1996 Champagne R&L Legras, Cuvée Exceptionelle, St. Vincent

1996 Champagne R&L Legras, Cuvée Exceptionelle, St. Vincent

Product: 19968031941
1996 Champagne R&L Legras, Cuvée Exceptionelle, St. Vincent

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Aptly-named, L’Exceptionelle shows the heights to which Legras can ascend, helped no doubt by old Chardonnay vines and the outstanding 1996 vintage. Pears, lemon zest and white flowers greet the nose, then the palate assumes a richly honied texture, with a satisfying mineral mirror-bright acidity providing an underlying tension and cerebral satisfaction that will be resolved harmoniously on the finish.
(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)
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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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Brut Champagne

Brut Champagne

Brut denotes a dry style of Champagne (less than 15 grams per litre). Most Champagne is non-vintage, produced from a blend from different years. The non-vintage blend is always based predominately on wines made from the current harvest, enriched with aged wines (their proportion and age varies by brand) from earlier harvests, which impart an additional level of complexity to the end wine. Champagnes from a single vintage are labelled with the year reference and with the description Millésimé.

Non-vintage Champagnes can improve with short-term ageing (typically two to three years), while vintages can develop over much longer periods (five to 30 years). The most exquisite and often top-priced expression of a house’s style is referred to as Prestige Cuvée. Famous examples include Louis Roederer's Cristal, Moët & Chandon's Dom Pérignon, and Pol Roger's Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.

Recommended Producers : Krug, Billecart Salmon, Pol Roger, Bollinger, Salon, Gosset, Pierre Péters, Ruinart


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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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