2002 Launois Brut Blanc de Blancs Vintage Champagne

SKU #1041186

We eagerly anticipated the 2002 from Launois, and we are very excited to have available again for you. This is the strongest vintage in Champagne since 1996, having much in common with the great 1990 vintage! This all-estate, all-Grand Cru, pure Chardonnay Champagne comes from mid-slope, old vine plots in Mesnil, Cramant and Oger. Bernard Launois harvests late (about 10 days after every one else is finished) and ferments in enamel tanks rather than stainless steel. His wines are some of the best we carry, and at this price it would be a mistake not to buy a little extra - they age very gracefully indeed, with examples from the 1950s still showing quite well. This is a creamy, more full-bodied style of Blanc de Blancs that does not sacrifice any minerality to achieve its ample texture. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/11/2009  | Send Email
Many of our customers have visited Launois and seen the incredible wine museum they have in Mesnil. Bernard Launois collects ancient presses, pumps, bottle molds, stills, equipment and memorabilia too numerous to remember, much less list. He is a true student of Champagne, and has become a curator of Champagne as well. His son-in-law, Benoit Marguet, describes him as a force of nature, and as those of you who have met him would be sure to agree, he has a bigger-than-life personality. His Champagnes are the fastest selling that we carry, and I find myself constantly apologizing for being out of stock, and I know this 2002 is going to be (like the 1996) one that I will be saying "sorry it's gone" far too many times. Cinnamon and I just enjoyed a bottle of this paired with some truffled salmon mousse that I made and some Gruyere Gougers that she baked. It is complete Champagne. But it is still wound up, with so much stuffing that the richness is obvious. The question that I am asking myself is "what is the Westby allocation?" I am sure that I won't buy enough!
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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.