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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

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