A. R. Lenoble Blanc de Blancs Chouilly Mag 14 2014

I love the citrus character here – bergamot lemons and clementine, crystallised zest and citrus leaf too. There’s richness here from apricot pastry, almond and dried apple, whilst the fruit shows some Chouilly ripeness with sunny kiwi/mango and a lovely exotic sense of ground ginger and tarragon. Oak is quite present as layer of buttermilk richness at the moment.

Intense ripe citrus kicks out on the palate with some chalky, vinous grip – it’s almost jagged in places, rounding out quite plushly with some autolytic creaminess. You can feel the oak gently dancing away on the finish with butter toffee whilst some pithy notes play along. After a while some wild apple juice starts to characterise the palate – think the posh stuff from a farm shop, nice and not too bruised (but not totally sanitised either). It’s not really driven by acidity, but has some ageing capacity – I’d say it actually needs it to integrate a little more. Confident and quite extroverted Blanc De Blancs

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Date Tasted : 22/03/2019

A. R. Lenoble Intense NV

Pretty much a 3-way split between Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier, 25% oak fermentation and 5 g/l dosage. Lovely ripe apple and spice on the nose, fresh and vivid. Some texture right through the palate here with good balance and a touch of vanilla. Lovely and approachable

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Date Tasted : 08/05/2018

/ A. R. Lenoble, Champagne, Classic Blend, NV