1.5 Liters. The nose shows cream, brioche and biscuit, apple skin, peach and apricot. The palate is moderate plus in weight with stone fruits and a light cream tone; the acidity is moderate with a touch of spice. This Blanc de Noirs can age for a number of years. If you are enjoying now, pour it gingerly into a decanter and let it breathe for a half hour. This is a tight knit powerful Champagne more for beef and lamb than oysters. Try this with a simple and delicious standing rib roast. D&M Tasting Notes
This hails from the far south of Champagne, in the Aube department. The Côte des Bar where this wine originates is in the far south of the Aube. The Côte des Bar is geographically and geologically set apart from its neighbors to the north; its soils contain more clay and are ideal for Champagne’s red varietals, with Pinot Noir being the undisputed king. The Côte des Bar is coincidentally closer to Chablis in Burgundy than Epernay or Riems in the north of Champagne.
The Laurent family has been involved with grape growing in the Côte des Bar for over 1,000 years. Their holdings are located in the village of Celles sur Ource, home to less than 500 people. Jean represents the third generation at the estate that bears his name. While his father and grandfather traded under the name Champagne Laurent, Jean decided to make his mark by first changing the name to Jean Laurent, and applying his own philosophy to the product in the bottle.
The estate holdings total 39 acres with the lion’s share made up of 30 acres of Pinot Noir, with the rest split between Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Arbanne (the historic varietal of the Aube.) Jean is an acolyte of sustainable agriculture and does limited sprayings and treatments in the vineyards. Jean is also a proponent of single varietal expressions; this bottle is made up entirely of Pinot Noir.
In the winery, Jean uses stainless steel for vinification and ageing, forgoing the use of oak. All of his wines go through Malolactic conversion to soften the final wine. The wines are aged on the lees at least 30 months with the bottles tipped on point to maintain the freshness of the Champagne. This magnum was disgorged to order this September 2016 and finished with 9-10 grams dosage. The cuvee is a true non-vintage and is made up of the following harvests: 51% 2013, 29% 2012, 4% 2011, 7% 2010, and finally 9% 2009. Michael Kennel, D&M Wine Buyer
Jean Laurent Magnum Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
- Brand: Jean Laurent
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- SKU #: 4761