2006 Launois "Spécial Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (ships as 1.5L)

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Our staff loved the 2005--"Wow this is decadent Champagne!" pretty much sums up the rave reviews--and we're excited now to offer the 2006. We began importing the Champagnes of Launois about a decade ago, though we haven't been able to promote them properly because our allocations were very tight. Fortunately for us, Bernard Launois has decided to export more! Champagne Launois' wines are highly sought after, so much so, in fact, that we've sold their Champagne to Champenois who can't get it at home! Bernard Launois does things differently than the rest of his neighbors, picking a week to 10 days later and using only massal-selected plants rather than the more common clones. All of the Champagnes we import from them are 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay, and they all have the authoritative chalk-driven focus you would expect from top sites in the Côtes de Blancs. The Special Club is made from two 50-plus-year-old parcels, the best of the house's vines, and is one of the best Champagnes we sell at any price. Dry, precise and food-friendly, this is mind-blowingly good Champagne that you should not miss. *Please note: this item must ship in Styrofoam as a 1.5L, but this is a 750ml bottle.

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2016 | Send Email
The 2006 Launois Special Club is a standout Champagne, made from two old, massal selected Grand Cru plots on the Launois estate. The first plot is the Chenets in the mid slope of Oger, very close to the Belles Voyes of Bonville fame. This site was planted back in 1947, just after the 2nd world war. The other plot they refer to simply as Cramant, from the grand cru of the same name and was planted in 1952. The nose reminds me of chanterelle mushrooms in cream and brioche, and the impression on the palate is both decadent and powerful. I think this is an easy Champagne to compare to the Comtes from Taittinger, but with more back end drive and chalky sparkle. This drinks great now, and bottles from the sixties are still going strong!
Drink from 2016 to 2046

By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2016 | Send Email
To imagine the 2006 Launois Special Club Brut without tasting it would be like taking the best of both worlds from the Cuvee Reserve and Quartz. Loaded with tons of stone fruit, chalky minerality, brioche, apple, spiced pear, and caramelized citrus, the Special Club exemplifies how generations of adaption result in a cuvee that can compete with the biggest Champagne houses.

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2016 | Send Email
The Special Club has a very special place in my life, it is the bottle that convinced my now fiancee, then girlfriend that I had potential. This vintage is full on decadence in a bottle, between a very warm harvest-lending perfectly ripe notes of golden apple and apricot, to the extended lees time giving the wine the ultimately rich mouth feel. This is round and warmly textured from front to very long finish, delivering gobs sun ripened stone fruit, pie crust, and the prefect amount of fresh chalky mineral. Truly a special bottle.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2016 | Send Email
The leesy flavor on the palate is unreal in the latest Special Club vintage. This wine destroys many of the big brand, big box wines we sell for even double and triple the price. If you want something rich and refined for your next cocktail party, or want to celebrate a special occasion in style, save some money and load up on the Launois. You're not in any way skimping on the quality and you'll have a few bucks left over for the caviar.

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2015 | Send Email
The 2005 Special Club is a hard act to follow but Launois maintains its reputation for rich, beautiful Champagne with the 2006. Made from Chardonnay, it boasts a warm, toasty flavor like roasted marshmallows up front, then waves of ripe apples and stone fruit wash over the palate, leaving a fresh and distinctive mineral-laden finish. Better than a lot of Champagne but a fraction of the price, Launois remains a favorite.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2015 | Send Email
We loved the decadent 2005 special club, so I had high expectations when tasting the 2006. And of course, it exceeded my expectations, as Launios always does. The 2006 maintains some brioche and toast on the nose as the 2005 did but provides more bright stone fruit and minerality. The palate is a bit more focused and full of citrus, peach and chalky minerality. Delicious and showing tons of age potential, grab a bottle for the cellar!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2015 | Send Email
Another great Special Club bottle from Launois. Quite unusually for Champagne this bottling is becoming a perennial stalwart! Rich, decadent...ripe for Chardonnay standards in Champagne but certainly no lack of freshness and vibrancy. A powerful wine with the mouthfeel you might associate with a bigger more Pinot based wine...but the flavor says this is all Chardonnay! Toasty orchard fruit, savory Croissant, chalk and spiced pear with more air. Lots of depth from these 60+ year old vines.

By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2015 | Send Email
Pour me a glass of Launois Champagne any day, and I'll be happy. The 2006 Special Club is a richer, fuller style with plenty for all to enjoy. Save this one for 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, M√Ęcon, 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.
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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.