Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

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The Quartz all comes from the famous Chettilons parcel and has four atmospheres (59psi) of pressure instead of the normal six (88psi). While I would be hard pressed to tell by looking at or tasting this Champagne that it has lighter carbonation, it tastes very different from the Reserve due to the wonderful vineyard site. Since less yeast and sugar were added to the wine during bottling, it has less leesy flavor, and because there is less disolved carbon dioxide in the wine the flavors of the grapes underneath shine more. Look for flavors of apple and brioche in this creamy, supple, mouthfilling Champagne. It is perfect for cocktail parties and as a starter for any event, and great to taste side by side with the Reserve. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Mellyn Craig |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2014  | Send Email
Wow this is a fun Champagne! If you love Launois Champagnes like I do, please note that the “Quartz” is different than their traditional richer style, but equally well made. Zesty acidity with a touch of citrus and white peach livens up your taste buds. This Champagne is light and crisp, yet elegant with notes of soft creamy mousse to balance everything out.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/16/2013  | Send Email
We can never get enough Launois Quartz at K&L. Unfortunately; the production is limited as Bernard Launois only has so many grapes each year in the great Mesnil plot of Les Chetillons. Having access to single vineyard, estate, grand cru Champagne from one of the best growers in the region at such a fair price makes me proud to be the Champagne guy at K&L. This wine has a fabulous white fruit quality that few Champagnes get at any price, and a chalky laser beam finish that is pure Mesnil. Don't miss this while we have it!

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/15/2013  | Send Email
The Launois Quartz is a perennial favorite here at K&L. One of our cleanest and lightest in style, the Chardonnay flavor really comes through on the nose with a tasty finish that's brimming with crisp acidity. A no brainer for the money.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/13/2013  | Send Email
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Great wine that is a little more reserved than most of Launois' rich, decadent style. From a single vineyard and bottled at a slightly lower pressure. Soft orchard fruits abound, some fleshy peach character and a nice toasty note on the finish with our being overly buttery of nutty. This restraint allows the quality of fruit to show through a little more precisely. Excellent value.

By: Shaun Green |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/7/2013  | Send Email
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This lower pressure Champagne, coming from the single vineyard Chetillons is another astounding deal from Launois. The soft creamy feel of the mousse and the long lingering palate feel showing sweetcake and creamy apple richness mid-palate flows to a long lingering finish (another Grand Cru at this price!) ..... what's not to like?

By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/30/2013  | Send Email
Get it while you can! Our favorite blanc de blancs Mesnil producer is in stock...but only for a short time. Perfect time to start stocking up for your summer festivities!

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2009  | Send Email
It is hard to choose a favorite Launois wine. All of them are so good. What makes the Quartz stand out, other than it being unique in that it has few ATM's of pressure in the bottle, is the brightness of the fruit. There is a dazzling purity that make you want more and more! The mousse is soft and you couldn't guess that there is less pressure, and the finish is terrific. Grab some while we still have it!

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/2/2008  | Send Email
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The NV Launois “Quartz” is a half-pressure (three atmospheres of pressure versus the typical six) bottling in the cremant style. It is at once both delicate and mouthfilling. Composed of 100% chardonnay from the world-renowned chardonnay producing area of Mesnil (and Aviz and Oger), it has flavors of apples, brioche and lemon zest. Loads of cream and vanilla at the back of the palate make this a great way to start a meal with light appetizers.

 By: The Queen |  Review Date: 1/15/2014 
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The BEST! Amazing value.

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Chardonnay

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France

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Champagne

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Alcohol Content (%): 12