Leclerc-Briant "La Ravinne" Single Vineyard Brut Champagne

SKU #1037496

This is a brand new release from Leclerc Briant. It is as distinctive as Champagne gets, and one that will impress lovers of the unusual and esoteric. La Ravinne is 100% Pinot Meunier, 100% biodynamic. K&L Champagne Buyer Gary Westby says: "It's my personal favorite of the Leclerc Champagnes. This all-Meunier vineyard is located in Verneuil and is the farthest west of all the sites. It is the polar opposite of the mushroomy style of Rene Collard, instead showing a sweet, almost pear eau-de-vie-like clean fruit on the nose and very racy acidity on the back. It is one of the ultimate aperitif Champagnes in the store."

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2009 | Send Email
I really enjoyed this wine! Made of 100% Pinot Meunier, so the novelty is reason enough to drink it, but the nutty undertones and the balance of the acidity make it a standout in any Champagne tasting. A very distinguished bottle that should please any fan of bubbles, not matter how picky you may be!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2008 | Send Email
Pascal Leclerc only makes single-vineyard Champagnes: the chalky "Les Crayeres," juicy, mineral and easy to drink, the "Les Chevres Preuses," the Blanc de Blancs "La Croisette," an amazingly (and almost illegally) dark rosé Champagne named "Cuvee Rubis" and this, his single-vineyard pinot meunier. It might be my favorite of his wines that I have tasted. La Ravinne has a spicy nose, with a palate of pithy red grapefruit, showing great intensity and a refreshing bitter snap to the finish. Modern meunier here, but of a flavor profile I have not yet encountered with the grape.

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