Champagne A.R Lenoble Cuvée Gentilhomme
10th March 2015
Cuvée Gentilhomme Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Vintage is part of the ‘Prestige’ Collection, wines that take excellence to extremes to express only the truly essential. Careful selection of grapes and harvests ensures that only the best makes it into these exceptional wines.
GRAPE VARIETIES AND ORIGIN
Cuvée Gentilhomme is made with Chardonnay only from Chouilly, classed as a Grand Cru in Côte des Blancs. It is in the heart of Champagne, in the village of Chouilly, one of the 17 villages to be rated as a Grand Cru out of the 321 in Champagne as a whole, that the greater part of the vineyards of the AR Lenoble Champagne House are to be found.
An exceptional terroir whose qualities are sublimated in this Cuvée Gentilhomme. Made with Chardonnay grapes from the best plots of vines and produced only in the great years in very limited quantities. 3 to 4 000 bottles only are sold each year.
Its name, Gentilhomme, evokes the values of AR Lenoble, values that it has perpetuated for 4 generations: respect for the past, a sense of duty and the determination to pass on our skills. Anne and Antoine Malassagne watch over the heritage of their ancestors and apply the traditional methods learnt from their forefathers each and every day with passion. The family spirit is safe in their hands.
A deep and intense golden colour with very fine bubbles. Delicate foam.
Very expressive with complex and rich aromas of white fruit. A great wine that should be left to open up in the glass and reveal all its richness.
ON THE PALATE
This wine of contrasts expresses all its complexity through a combination of smooth maturity and fine acidity endowing it with lots of freshness. The attack is buttery, leading into more contrasted, intense aromas of white and yellow fruits. A magnificent wine combining opulence and elegance, freshness and power.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS Its complexity and elegance make this an exceptional Champagne as an aperitif in autumn or winter. To drink it with your meal would be a good choice. Its flavour and texture will provide the perfect match with cured meat (poultry, lamb, rabbit or veal) if it is seasoned with fresh herbs (tarragon, parsley) or exotic condiments (cumin, ginger). A cèpe mushroom risotto and parmesan is the perfect pairing, as is a mature, subtly fruity Comté cheese. It should be served at between 10°C and 12°C in large glasses.
Glass of Bubbly
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