Champagne Millesime Extra Brut 2013

In 1872, Lucien Leclerc founded the business in the village of Cumières and moved it, in 1955, to the Chemin de la Chaude Rulle in Epernay. Thanks to Bertrand Leclerc, who is the great grandson of the founder, the name Leclerc Briant came about.

Wine Description

The Leclerc Briant was an early adopter of organic practices beginning in the 1960s and pioneered the concept of single-vineyard Champagne starting in the 1970s, making this one of the most popular champagne brands. Fifth generation vigneron, Pascal Leclerc began to follow biodynamic principles in 1988, with part of the production Demeter certified since 2003. Today, enologist Hervé Jestin continues the legacy and tradition of this visionary house. 

Ten hectares are divided between the Premier Cru villages of Cumières, Hautvillers, Mareuil Sur-Aÿ, Bisseuil in the Vallée de la Marne, Villers-Allerand and Rilly la Montagne in Montagne de Reims and the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil Sur Oger in the Côte des Blancs. Leclerc Briant also holds long-term contracts with another 8 hectares of biodynamically farmed vineyards.

The Leclerc Briant is a vintage champagne 2013 produced from 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier from the Premier Cru village of  Cumières. Champagne fermentation and aging lasts for about 7 to 8 months in a combination of oak barrels (15%) and stainless steel cement tanks followed by 5 years aging in bottle sur lattes. The wine received a low dosage and is bone dry on the champagne dry scale with just 4.9 grams per liter of residual sugar.

TASTING NOTES 

This extra brut champagne shows surprising richness thanks to 80 to 100 months aging on its lees before disgorgement and the ripe character that comes with a declared vintage. An expansive nose of lemon curd, white flowers, and bread notes leads to a palate that shows a mouth-coating richness and a lingering saltiness on the finish. 

FOOD PAIRING

Gastronomic champagne is the goal of Leclerc Briant. All their sparkling wines and champagne are intended to accompany fine cuisine. This bubbles champagne is absolutely superb with full-flavoured dishes of considerable weight such as lobster or crayfish served with toasted brioche or sauteed turbot with pureed root vegetables. A classic rabbit with a mustard sauce or roasted chicken would both match the weight of this texturally rich champagne. 

Leclerc Briant, 2013 Vintage: Champagne Millesime Extra Brut 2013 champagne to pair with roast chicken
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VINEYARD AND PRODUCTION INFO

Bottles produced of this wine 10,000

WINE MAKING & AGING

Varietal composition 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier

Fermentation container Stainless steel tanks

Fining agent None

Type of aging container Stainless steel tanks

Length of bottle aging 5 years

ANALYTICAL DATA

Alcohol 12.0%

pH level 3.0

Residual sugar 4.9 g/L

Acidity 5.2 g/L

Dry extract 23.5 g/L

Total SO2 16.0 mg/L

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