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Alexandre Le Brun - Brilliant Micro-Production Champagne - 01/19/2018 - Champagne

For those who love Champagnes of unparalleled precision, focus, and delineation, you won’t do much better than the brilliant efforts from Alexandre Le Brun. These micro-production gems are absolute showstoppers that perform at a level much higher than their modest prices suggest. A key producer in our Direct Import program, the Champagnes of Alexander Le Brun deserve a place in your regular rotation.

Le Brun is the smallest producer that we work with in Champagne. At just seven and half acres, he is a one man show, and only calls in help for picking at harvest. He does everything himself- from pruning and plowing the vineyards, to making the wine and all the way to running the label machine and packing the cases. His incredible dedication and owners pride in every step comes through brilliantly in the finished product- he is one of the very best producers that we carry. He does very long, slow, cool primary fermentations in the deep cave just south of Epernay where he makes his wine, and they are a precise, complex group of Champagnes.

His brut tradition is the only Champagne that we carry that comes from more than one load of the press. His micro-production Fascination comes from a selection of only two rows in the Grand Cru of Chouilly! Sadly, what we have of this is the last that we’ll get of any vintage in regular bottles for a while… He decided to do the 2009 vintage in magnum only!

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
Alexandre Le Brun "Tradition" Brut Champagne >48 $34.99 View
2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne >36 $69.99 View

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Alexandre Le Brun "Tradition" Brut Champagne ($34.99)

Alexandre Le Brun is the smallest producer that we import, or even carry, from Champagne at just 7.5 acres. He only makes wine from half of the grapes he brings in, selling the rest off to négociants - his production is just one thousand cases a year total. This tiny scale allows Alex to do nearly everything himself and his hands-on approach shows through in the finished product. He only uses his own estate fruit for his Champagne, and although small, it is diverse. He farms 22 plots in eight different villages. Among these are some of the oldest vines in Champagne, the Meunier of vignes l’etoges in Monthelon were planted in 1902, making them now 113 years old.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

The hands on crafting of this one-man-show Champagne producer comes through beautifully in this fantastic value bottle. This is composed of a third each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier from Mr. Le Bruns estate, and nearly every wine in this blend has gone through malolactic. This Champagne has a rich bready nose from the over 36 months it has aged on the lees and some very nice savory qualities as well. In the mouth the high quality Meunier gives this wine great roundness as well as some tasty baked apple flavors. The cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir show their stuff on the dry, long finish. It is dosed at 6g/l.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2016

A great Champagne from a small producer. The Le Brun Tradition is full-bodied and round, with a subtle richness. There is a hint of toast and this Champagne is very dry. Great alone, it will also go well with chicken or pork.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 31, 2015

From one of our newest grower-producers. On the drier side, but with remarkable richness and weight. A light toast complemented by ripe pear and apple notes and a hint of cinnamon spice. A terrific introduction to the wines of this exciting young winemaker.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2015

It is medium-bodied Champagne that seems effortless and is very well integrated. This makes a great aperitif, but like many other Champagnes will also make a great partner with sushi.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 01, 2015

A finely balanced Champagne, this is all Challah dough on the nose, which leads to a dry, elegant, tasty palate. We like to joke about the recent trendiness of the Aube, or Cotes des Bar, the warmer, southern zone that is closer to Chablis than to Epernay and the rest of Champagne. That said, wines as good as Le Brun's provide serious competition to the established names up north!

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2015

Decadence on a budget! Here's a delightfully rich Champagne with an aroma of a freshly baked baguette, lemons and herbs. It's taste is plush and broad at one end and then fresh and lemony, grapefruity at the other leaving a well balanced round finish. This would be a top pick for an indulgent Champagne breakfast or a simple brunch time toast! Santé

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2015

This is our newest direct import champagne created by 9th generation winemaker, Alexandre Le Brun. Due to its low dosage, minerals jump out of the glass on the nose. Once you give it a turn or two in the glass, the golden apple fruit peeks out and lets you know that it is there. On the palate, it comes across more fully with rich yellow fruits and bright red cherries. The fullness of the palate is balanced very well by the long finish, which has lingering acidity and minerality. We are very pleased to have Alexandre's wines available for sale, as they are not to be missed.

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2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($69.99)

Alexandre le Brun is a young, ninth generation winemaker in Monthelon in the Ardenne (Marne) region of Champagne. His family established themselves in Champagne in 1750 and their cellars were built in 1822. We were very pleased to meet him and are very excited to carry his wines.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 16, 2018

This is a unique take on Blanc de Blanc and one of the more complex and intriguing ones on our shelves. Grown in very pure chalk, this wine retains a natural freshness and high acidity. The winemakers does a great job of balancing that by aging his Chardonnay in barrel, to round it out and lend some lovely toasty quality. When Bollinger buys he majority of your fruit, it must mean you are going something right as a growers. He is doing something very right as a winemaker as well.

William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2018

If, like me, you are big fan of Bollinger, this should be on your short list. In fact, this should just be on your short list. No qualifier. It's just that good. It's nutty, creamy, yeasty, and has a seductively savory edge to the nose (almost like a fine cheese). This is small-production, lovingly produced vintage champagne that stands up in every way to the big name brands. Oh how I'd love to find a bottle of this in my stocking this holiday season.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2018

This is one of the great vintage Blanc de Blancs on our shelf right now, with the richness of a great vintage thats been barrel aged and the beautiful craftsmanship of the one-man-show Alexandre Le Brun. Creme brulée comes to mind on the bouquet, and on the palate flavors of creamy brioche, baked apples with herbs and a subtle underlying toast. The finish is so long and crisp and display the great minerals of the Sezanne where it is sourced.

Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 11, 2018

Alexandre Le Brun is a very interesting Champagne profile. He harvests on 6 acres and 75% of his fruit is sold to Bollinger and what is leftover is made for his own personal label out of his mothers basement! Dont be quick to skip over this one though because this may be one of the most intensely aromatic champagnes Ive ever come across and definitely one of the most interesting. Cuvee Fascination gives beautifully savory Cheeseboard like aromas, assorted chesses, nuts and honey. Even bready notes come through and all backed by powerful concentration of acidity and bubbles. In short, this juice made me very hungry.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 09, 2018

From only two rows of vines, Alexandre Le Brun has created a deep and toasty Blanc de Blanc that is entirely barrel aged. The first breath in will send aromas of freshly baked broche into your senses. The gentle spice from the oak plays heavenly with the breath and power of wine while the subtle minerality is not lost but gives the wine backbone and direction.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 09, 2018

Alexandre Le Brun makes some of my favorite direct import Champagnes, which is partially due to site, (Chouilly Grand Cru, close to Cramant) but also his fastidious approach to winemaking. Relying on cold, slow barrel fermentation, Le Brun creates wines of seemingly endless complexity, and the Fascination is no exception. Mushroomy, leesy, savory aromas lead to a broad palate with hints of caramel that never overpower the delicate minerality of the wine.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

The only problem with this great Champagne is the production- it is only one press load so we can't get very much! This Champagne is all Chardonnay from two long rows in the Monts Aigu parcel of the Grand Cru of Chouilly- right across a small path from Cramant. If you love the high class toast of Taittingers Comte de Champagne, this is a bottling that you dont want to miss. The Chardonnay in this bottle has top notch concentration and texture as well as a complex array of flavors; baguette, succulent nectarine and bright chalk. This wine is labeled as Extra Brut since the dosage is very low, but while it is quite dry, it is not overly austere. It has one of the longest finishes of any type of wine that we carry- truly top notch!

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 10, 2017

The perfect celebratory Champagne! A special 2007 release from staff favorite producer Alexandre Le Brun, the "Cuvée Fascination" Blanc de Blancs is an investment well worth it, especially as a gift for more sophisticated palates. Sharp nectarine fruit and chalky minerality sing together through the palate, and the super low dosage makes for a dry yet lingering finish. This is high-quality Chardonnay, taut and linear but still approachable, with electric acid and biscuity leesiness. Were down to just a few bottles, so get it while you can.

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 03, 2016

One of the loveliest Champagnes I have tasted recently. Precise and exquisite. Blanc de Blancs is my favorite type of Champagne and "Fascination" has everything I love: fresh and bright aromas with hints of brioche and white flowers. Dry, very focused palate with deep, rich flavors of citrus fruit and little bit of toastiness, beautifully balanced with a long mineral finish.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 21, 2016

This 100% Chardonnay is organic and has an excellent, clean character. There is some richness mid-palate for complexity and elegance. One of my favorite Champagnes at present!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 07, 2016

Young Alexandre Le Brun has to be one of the most exciting winemakers in Champagne right now. His wines have wowed staff and customers alike here at K&L. This wine is hand selected from just two individual rows of Grand Cru Chardonnay vines. The fruit is pressed in one single press load and received 8 long years resting on the lees. As with all of Le Brun's wines there is a knife edge balance of power and delicacy. The textures are fine, the clarity and precision of this wine is simply breathtaking. Compared to some big house, advertising driven, "luxury product" Champagnes the quality here is embarrassingly good for the modest price point.