2002 Launois "Special Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1054047

Powerful Blanc de Blancs that gets its richness from old vines and a delayed harvest. It might seem strange that the top bottling is offered younger than the regular vintage, but Mr. Bernard Launois is adamant that extensive sur-lie ageng is reductive and shortens the ultimate life span of the wine. He goes against almost every other producer in Champagne with this iconoclastic opinion, but for anyone who has tasted perfectly stored, great Champagne that has aged on cork, we know it can work! Made from two plots of 65-year-old vines, one in the Grand Cru of Oger called the Chenys and one in Mesnil called the Derriere Maison, this is one of the ultimate expressions of Chardonnay that we have to offer. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/2/2012  | Send Email
New packaging but still the best deal in Grand Cru Champagne Directly Imported for K&L! I call it baby Krug for less than half the price! It is Rich, Complex, Round, Minerally, Toasty, leesy, all around goodness and will impress any of your Champagne snob friends! It goes fast every time we get it so don't miss your opportunity!

By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/28/2010  | Send Email
I recently had the pleasure of sharing a bottle of the 2002 Launois “Special Club” with some close friends along side 4 dozen oysters from Hog Island Oyster Company, and I have to admit, life just doesn’t get much better! Full bodied and rich as a result of a later harvest date, the Launois “Special Club" displays a brilliant bouquet of ripe apple and brioche, balanced by sharp acidity and a clean mineral finish. Raise a glass of this wonderful champagne while celebrating a special occasion!

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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.