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AR Lenoble‘s new magazine 14 Brut Intense Champagne


Glowing Wine Evaluation of Antoine Malassagne’s AR Lenoble ‘magazine 14’ Brut Intense Champagne, France

Rating: 92/100 factors

AR Lenoble is a comparatively small family-owned Champagne home, one of many uncommon ones to nonetheless be completely unbiased.

Based mostly in Damary, AR Lenoble runs 18 hectares of vineyards (45 acres) utilizing environmentally-friendly practices, and break up between the Grand Cru village of Chouilly, the primary village on the Côte des Blancs (10 hectares of chardonnay); the Premier Cru village of Bisseuil, positioned between Mareuil-sur-Ay and Excursions-sur-Marne (6 ha of pinot noir) and residential of wealthy and structured Pinot Noir; the village of Damery, positioned to the quick east of Cumières (2 ha of Meunier).

Right here is how Jancis Robinson, Grasp of Wine, summarizes the essence of AR Lenoble:

AR Lenoble might be essentially the most admired boutique household home proper now. There may be a world buzz and it displays the outburst of household inventive power up to now few years from brother and sister house owners Antoine and Anne Malassagne. Based mostly in Damery within the Marne, unbiased and family-owned, the home’s jewel of terroir high quality is their 10 ha (25 acres) of Chardonnay in grand cru Chouilly on the Côtes des Blancs. It offers the finesse and chic minerality which is the guts of all their wines. Ploughing the soil, grassing the alleys (for low yields) and near-organic HVE-certified viticulture and vineyard practices all make for intense fruit and contemporary precision in all their wines. Here’s a small home making a giant level.” – Jancis Robinson

On the finish of 2018, the home has simply launched a completely new cuvée that’s been eight+ years within the making” ‘magazine 14’ Intense Brut.

After an extended and affected person technique of growth, the very first version of Champagne AR Lenoble Intense “magazine14” and the very first version of Champagne AR Lenoble Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Chouilly “magazine14” have lastly been launched from the home’s cellar.

As quickly as they arrived at AR Lenoble practically 25 years in the past after taking up from their father Jean-Marie Malassagne in 1993, sister-and-brother co-owners Anne and Antoine Malassagne made the choice to start out conserving their reserve wines in 225-litre barrels utilizing the precept of the perpetual reserve, a course of that continues to this present day. Just a few years later, they invested in 5,000-litre casks to permit for an ageing course of that was slower than in barrels. In these containers, reserve wines had been in a position to get hold of further brightness and freshness.

Extra not too long ago, in 2010, as a part of their fixed analysis for tactics to enhance the standard of their wines, they determined so as to add an extra ingredient to the perpetual reserve by conserving a few of their reserve wines in magnums beneath pure cork and staple. The magnum format has the perfect “liquid to oxygen” ratio, and as these reserve wines age beneath 1.5 bar of stress and are subsequently shielded from oxygen, a delicate, distinctive fragrant palate develops over time – and but the reserve wines stay contemporary.

Anne and Antoine Malassagne of Maison AR Lenoble of their Champagne vineyards, France.

Following the 2014 harvest, and for the very first time, Antoine Malassagne determined to mix these distinctive reserve wines into his non-vintage champagne wines for the very first time.

He created these “new” non-vintage wines utilizing 40% reserve wines and 60% wines from the 2014 harvest. The ultimate blends had been then positioned in our cellars and after three and a half years, the primary two wines are able to be loved. It’s been a really lengthy and costly course of, however we will now say proudly that AR Lenoble is making a number of the most bold brut non-vintages in all of Champagne wines, and at a really essential second in time for the setting.

The complicated winemaking course of behind AR Lenoble’s magazine 14 Champagne – Infographic

Discover under my wine opinions and tasting notes of AR Lenoble magazine 14 Champagne.

You may watch the evaluation and my feedback within the video under or learn on additional down for the written descriptions and assessments of magazine 14 bubbles and flavors.

Champagne Evaluation of AR Lenoble magazine 14 in Video

Magazine 14 Champagne: General Evaluation Notes & Tasting Impressions

With the intense and glossy yellow shade that includes gold hues, this Champagne subtly exhibits it’s one thing particular, aged for eight+ years earlier than launch.

The fragrant profile can also be very delicate, dominated by elegant nutty notes of macadamia and contemporary hazelnut. Considerably of a minty character makes it spicy to odor, whereas a myriad of delicate spices like nutmeg and cinnamon make for a fancy smelling expertise.

Add some lemon peel, white flowers, tomato leaf and fennel, with a contact of tropical fruit (is it mango and pineapple?) and also you’re in for a broad spectrum of aromas on the nostril, all delivered with finesse and restraint.

The palate is oily and coating at first revealing the generosity of the mix, earlier than the minerality, typical of Cotes des Blancs Chardonnay is available in, reducing by means of with a crisp and vibrant acidity that tenses your style buds.

The wine loosens up and broadens once more in direction of the end, with an explosion of beneficiant flavors, the oily texture coming again generously, whereas advantageous phenolics make you salivate and add an edgy tease to the tasting.

This can be a very dry Champagne, with a dosage at 5 grams per liter however it feels practically bone-dry, zingy and mineral.

But, flavors are plentiful on a crisp and opulent steadiness. This can be a nutty glowing, subtly buttery, with the freshness of zingy citrus fruit characters reducing by means of.

A multi-facetted, multi-layered Champagne you may spend minutes and minutes analyzing and having fun with, being shocked at each sip, at each second by means of the tasting expertise.

Civilized, spherical and gentle at first, it exhibits intense character, and an attention-grabbing polished rusticity from the mid-palate on.

A captivating wine refined and sophisticated, and one that provides you the impression you’re tasting its true terroir. You sense the grapes, the vines, the chalky soil in there, delivered with the refinement of a high-class Champagne…

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

Be taught extra in regards to the producing vineyard and all their Champagne merchandise on champagne-arlenoble.com

AR Lenoble magazine 14 Champagne Label Pictures

Intense Competition In The Russian Vodka Industry

Article by Armand Gray

Vodka is a crucial component in Russian life. And in Russian death. Alcohol-related accidents and cardiac arrests have already decimated Russian life expectancy by well over a decade during the last decade alone.

Vodka is also big business. The brand “Stolichnaya” sells billion a year worldwide. Hence the interminable and inordinately bitter battle between the Russian ministry of agriculture and SPI Spirits. The latter, still partly owned by the state, is the on and off owner of the haloed brand “Stolichnaya”, James Bond’s favorite.

SPI’s PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, posits this commercial conflict as a classic case of the violation of the property rights of hapless foreign shareholders by the avaricious and ruthless functionaries of an unreformed evil empire. They question Russia’s readiness to accede to the WTO and its respect for the law.

SPI’s latest press release consists of the detailed history of this harrowing tale. The brand Stolichnaya, as well as 42 others, were privatized in 1992. The firm quotes a document, bearing the official seal of the maligned ministry, which states unambiguously: “VAO Sojuzplodoimport has the right to export Russian vodka to the USA under the following trademarks: Stolichnaya, Stolichnaya Cristall, Pertsovka, Limonnnaya, Privet, Privet Orange (Apelsinovaya), Russian and Okhotnichya.”

The privatization was completed in 1997 when the old SPI was sold to the new SPI Spirits. The new SPI claims to have assumed million in debt and invested another million to rebuild the company into “one of the world’s leading vodka producers”. Yet, the Russian government, as heavy handed as ever, clearly is unhappy with SPI.

It says the privatization deal was dubious and that SPI paid only 0,000 (or maybe as little as ,000 claim other sources) for the multi-billion dollar brands, including “Stolichnaya”, “Moskovskaya”, and “Russkaya”. The government values the brands at a far more reasonable 0 million. Other appraisers came up with a figure of .4 billion.

The government, in a bout of new-found legal rectitude, also insists that the seller of the brands, the defunct (state-owned) SPI, was not their legal owner. It also questions the mysterious shareholders of the new SPI – including a holding company in tax-lenient Delaware. SPI’s trademarks portfolio is represented by an Australian law firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Putin himself set up a committee for the repatriation of these and other consumer brands to the state. He craves the beneficial effects the alcohol sector’s tax revenues could have on the federal budget – and on its powers of patronage. A central state-owned brand-holding and distribution company was set up less than two years ago. Ever since then, the alcohol sector has been subjected to relentless state interference. SPI is not the most egregious case either.

“The Observer” mentions that SPI currently runs most of its business from inscrutable Cyprus, a favorite destination for Russian money launderers, tycoon tax evaders, and mobsters. SPI’s German distributor, Plodimex, is increasingly less active – as three new off shore distribution entities (in Cyprus, the Dutch Antilles, and Gibraltar) are increasingly more so.

The FSB ordered Kaliningrad customs to prohibit bulk exports of Stolichnaya. Cases of the drink are routinely confiscated. Criminal charges were brought against directors and managers in the firm. The Deputy Minister of Agriculture is discrediting SPI in meetings with its distributors and business partners abroad. He is also accused by the firm of obstructing the court-mandated registration of its trademarks.

The courts have lately been good to SPI, coming out with a spate of decisions against the government’s conduct in this convoluted affair. But on February 1, the firm suffered a setback, when a Moscow court ruled against it and ordered 43 of its brands, the prized Stolichnaya included, returned to the government (i.e., re-nationalized).

SPI is doing its best to placate the authorities. It is rumored to have offered last month to use its ample funds to supplement the federal budget. It has indicated last September that it is on the prowl for additional acquisitions in Russia – a bizarre statement for a firm claiming to have been victimized. “The Moscow Times” reported that it is planning to sign a 0,000 sponsorship agreement with the Russian Olympic Committee.

Summit Communications, a country image specialist, placed this on its Web site in November 2001:

“One example of a savvy Russian company that has managed to do well in the West by finding the right partner is the Soyuzplodimport company (see also p. 14). Soyuzplodimport, or SPI, has the exclusive rights to export Stolichnaya, which vodka lovers in the U.S. fondly refer to as ‘Stoli’. Some 50% of the company’s export turnover comes from the United States, thanks mostly to its strategic alliance with Allied-Domecq for U.S. distribution.

‘I’m not sure that all Americans know where Russia is on the map, but most of them know what Stolichnaya is,’ muses Andrey Skurikhin, general director of SPI. ‘I want the quality of Stolichnaya in America to create an image of Russia that is pure, strong and honest, just like the vodka. At SPI, we feel that we are like ambassadors and we will try to do everything to create a more objective and positive image of Russia in the U.S.'” SPI’s troubles may prove to be contagious. Allied Domecq, its British distributor in America and Mexico, now faces competition from Kryshtal International, a subsidiary of the troubled Kristal distillery, 51% owned by Rosspirtprom, a government agency. Kryshtal signed distribution contracts for “Stolichnaya” with distilleries backed by the Russian ministry of agriculture.

Allied and Miller Brewing have announced a million investment in product launch and marketing campaigns only five years ago. “Stolichnaya” (nicknamed “Stoli” in the States) sells 1 million 12-bottle cases a year in the USA (compared to Absolut’s 3 million cases).

The trouble started almost immediately with the first foreign investments in SPI. As early as 1991, Vneshposyltorg, a government foreign trade agency, tried to export Stolichnaya in Greece. This led to court action by the Greeks. Vodka wars also erupted between the newly-registered Russian firm “Smirnov” and Grand Metropolitan over the brand “Smirnoff”. The vodka wars are sad reminders of the long way ahead of Russia. Its legal system is rickety – different courts upheld government decisions and SPI’s position almost simultaneously. Russia’s bureaucrats – even when right – are abusive, venal, and obstructive. Russia’s “entrepreneurs” are a penumbral lot, more enamored with off-shore tax havens than with proper management. The rule of law and private property rights are still fantasies. The WTO – and the respectability it lends – are as far as ever.