No 1 Family Estate – Cuvee Virginie 2009 – Gold Gastronomic

7th December 2017


Congratulations to No 1 Family Estate with their Cuvee Virginie 2009 which received a Gold medal at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly awards 2017.

A panel of 36 top industry wine judges tasted all the entries for 2017 and were able to not only scores wines with medals, but also place them in to easy to understand categories such as Gastronomic: “A wine which has enough body and spicy character to cope with all dining experiences from starts to main course to include meat and vegetarian dishes.

Winemaker Daniel Le Brun produces a vintage blend in only those years he considers to be outstanding in quality. Cuvée Virginie is blended from 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir and crafted especially by Daniel as a proud tribute to his daughter Virginie. Over four years on lees has produced a Methode Champenoise displaying many dimensions, it is well-rounded and has good yeast autolysis, a hallmark of this winemaker’s well-known style. Sophisticated bouquet with a fantastic vintage and bottle age offering aromas of complexity, elegance and total charm. On the palate – Baked goods, nougat, and flavours of citrus and peach, with hints of hazelnut meringue. A delightful wine with several years of pleasure yet to be discovered.

N° 1 Family Estate has an established vineyard and winery on Marlborough’s Golden Mile, Rapaura Rd, near Blenheim, crushing more than 30 tonnes annually. The family are committed to producing only premium Methode Traditionelle wines and to following winemaker, Daniel Le Brun’s long-held vision of Marlborough as the only rival to Champagne.

North-South facing vines; Mendoza clone Chardonnay 10/5 clone Pinot Noir harvested early-mid March 2009 at 18-19 brix.

Christopher Walkey

Co-founder of Glass of Bubbly. Journalist and author focused on Champagne & Sparkling Wines and pairing them with foods.