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2012 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Revelation" Brut Champagne

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This all-Meunier, single-vineyard, barrel-fermented wonder was the best Champagne I tasted on my June trip. And yes--that includes all of the $1,000-plus canons that we tasted! Don't wait. It will disappear. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2021 | Send Email
As always, this champagne is a revelation. Yikes. Sorry about that. It has a wonderful nose of earth, poached pear, oak spice and apricot. The earthy flavors abound on the palate (this is 100% Pinot Meunier, after all) followed by surprising acidity, yellow fruits, oak and a light bit of anise. As if all of Alex's vintage offerings, this is old vine fruit that adds complexity and depth. This champagne is always a staff favorite!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2021 | Send Email
This Champagne comes from one special plot in the village of Monthelon, half of which was planted in 1950, and the other in 1902. These ancient, massal selected vines are in a super cold microclimate, giving the wine an incredible tension between old vine concentration, Meunier exoticism and nearly Salon like freshness. The tiny, super high quality 2012 vintage has served up a rarity in Champagne, something that has the power of Krug and the lift of Comtes de Champagne. After tasting 100's of bottles, this was my top Champagne of my 2020 June trip to the region and our first allocation sold out in less than a week. We were lucky enough to get another shot at this. Only 1500 bottles were made!
Drink from 2021 to 2042

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2021 | Send Email
This is amongst the best Blanc de Noirs in the store. It’s made entirely from a very old plot of massale-selected Pinot Meunier vines, and sees time in used French oak barrels. It has an amazing bouquet of baking spice, pear, lychee, green apple, honeysuckle and herbs. On the palate, the fruit profile is electrifying and complex, and leads to a long, yeasty bright finish. It has the brightness, concentration and purity only the best champagnes display.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2019 | Send Email
There aren't a whole lot of 100% Meunier Champagnes out there so this bubbly might strike you as an oddity, but it's certainly a wine that's worth getting familiar with (especially since this juice is coming from some significantly old vines). It opens a little earthy, but then jumps into freshnes with scents of garden flowers, yeastiness, citrus fruits, and honeysuckle. I find the palate very mineral-forward, but this is expertly balanced by the wine's acidity and just a touch of savory spice coming in at the finish.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2019 | Send Email
What incredible Champagne! Cuvée Revelation easily soars above any concerns that Pinot Meunier isn’t as elegant as its Blanc de blancs counterparts. While the nose does show some of that characteristic earthiness, the palate is airy yet textured, with a velvety mouthfeel and ultra delicate bubbles. This has everything: celebrated vintage, fruit from 100+ year old vines, a vivid snap of acidity and a long, lifted finish, plus the harmony of lean lemon fruit and a hint of welcome toastiness. Revelation is the perfect name for this stunning offering from one of our favorite Direct Imports, Alexandre Le Brun: welcome to a higher level of winemaking featuring Meunier. In fact, when I poured this first at a recent Champagne tasting, customers claimed it ruined the rest of the lineup – nothing else compared to the balance and interest seamlessly joined together in this remarkable release.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
Alexandre Le Brun has been a favorite producer of mine since I started here. He was the first producer I brought home, and this most recent bottling of his is also the most recent champagne I drank myself! The hallmark mushroom note of the Meunier is definitely present but joined by sweet lemon and custard notes, rounding off the palate in such a way that its richness stays long after the drink itself has left, and the acidity frames the wonderful velvety mouthfeel perfectly. Phenomenal Juice.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2019 | Send Email
Alexandre Le Brun has always been one of the more interesting champagne producers in the game, and luckily, his entire portfolio is outstanding as well. The Cuvee Revelation may be the most exciting and most interesting champagne we carry in our store. Hailing from the often regarded "miracle vintage" this champagne is 100% estate grown Pinot Meunier and it showcases the varietal brilliantly with so many bright notes of apple and cherry, only to be balanced with very elegant acidity. If I only had one word to describe this champagne I would simply say Incredible.

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
I've made this staement before but I am not usually a big fan of 100% Meunier champagne. I like this as a blending grape to add savory and spice. HOWEVER, this one works for me. It could be the barrel fermentation.It could be the old vines. Who knows! I find the yeasty brioche nose quite appealing and an elegance I don't find in this style of champagne. It's pretty and floral, just plain YUMMY!

By: Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
The nose on this wine captivated me immediately! It was elegant and pretty, with peach and apricot based notes, and a very floral sweetness; as if from honey where the bees gathered a very light and fresh nectar. But the most surprising part of this wine was on the palate! I immediately imagined a beautiful gilded wooden frame that was empty, just waiting for a painting…My friends, this is a champagne for food, and it will enhance the right dishes, like a good frame will enhance a painting. It’s not for delicate and light foods such as sushi or oysters, but rather for more powerful dishes such as Ramen or slow cooked pork.

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
This is a unique wine, both in the fact that they were some of the first vines in Champagne to be grafted, as well as being 100% Munier. The nose is earthy and has that indescribable umami aspect, while the palate is bursting with great acid, sweet tart candies and a certain elegant, je ne sais pas. The finish is long with fantastic notes of white fleshed orchard fruits.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
I am so happy we carry Alexandre Le Brun's champagnes. He produces champagnes with laser focus and complexity with top quality fruit and the Cuvee Revelation does not disappoint! On the nose you’ll get a very balanced lees-y and red fruit note while on the palate both acid and bright fruit intermingle with a hint of smokyness throughout. This is a special bottle anyone will enjoy without breaking the bank.
Top Value!

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
I love drinking Pinot Munier champagnes, but rarely do you see 100% Munier. Le Brun grows these grapes on two small lots in his backyard--one planted in 1950 and the other in 1902! Barrel aged in old burgundy barrels, this wine is rich and structured. The finish is long revealing a deep and complex wine. As Champagne continues to evolve I have to imagine that more high quality producers turning to Munier in hopes of making wines like this.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
Pulling fruit from vines planted in 1950, it is rare to find a 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne these days, which is a real shame as it is such an unsung hero of the region. With so few grapes approved to be in champagne, the almost total domination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (though delicious) seems like it might be limiting, so I am thrilled to see a producer of this caliber producing something truly unique. The nose is of cherry and marzipan, with notes of apple blossom, and fresh crushed apples. It has a tight and mineral driven palate with notes of apple, and stone fruit skin. Anyone who loves champagne really should give this bottle a try and see what can be done with Pinot Meunier!

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
This wine is exotic, and intriguing. Like other purely meunier-based champagnes, it's flavor is concentrated, with a rich intensity, but the "Revelation" retains a refreshing quality. A pleasant, lemon-peel-like bitterness shows through, along with candied apricot, and a stony minerality indicative of the colder climate of the vintage.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
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 mother’s basement! Don’t be quick to skip over this one though because this may be one of the most intensely aromatic champagnes I’ve ever come across and definitely one of the most interesting. Cuvee Revelation is made of 100% Meunier from a single vineyard planted in 1950 with some older vines dating back to 1902 making these being some of the first planted after the Phylloxera devastation. This wine gives a nice and savory palate of hibiscus, fresh toast, honey and dried apricot and gorgeous acidity.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
Not only is it rare in Champagne to find a bottling of 100% Pinot Meunier, but to also find it in a declared vintage year when every grape counts makes a unicorn wine. Alexander Le Brun only runs on passion. While he sells 75% of his seven acres to Bollinger (a testament to the quality of his grapes), the rest he keeps to make a few wines of his own. This is one of the most fascinating Champagnes on the shelf right now, showcasing beautiful richness and balance. All old vine and small barrel fermentation, there is nothing typical about this wine, which makes it all the more special.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
One of my favorite (and there are many) things about a Champagne made from entirely Menieur is the finesse and character the grape will bring to the wine. It will bring a depth of red fruits into the racey acidity Champagne is known for. The Cuvee Revelation has all those wonderful characteristics plus the depth and breadth of being aged in small barrels. I found notes of bosque pears and soft baking spices. It is balanced, layered and beautiful as ever.

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
Made from 100% old vine Pinot Meunier planted between 1902-1950, this wine has much to reveal. Wafts of creamy, leesy almond commingle with darker mushroom aromas, leading to a surprise: a bright, fresh, almost tropical palate with hints of hibiscus! High tone red fruit and chalky minerality abound, and a gorgeous, long finish ties everything together harmoniously.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
In Champagne, as in anywhere else, there are old vine cuvees, and then there are truly ancient old vine cuvees. Here we are dealing with the latter, as the youngest vines comprising this blend were planted back in the 1950´s, and the oldest ones were planted many, many years prior to that. While I have previously sung the praises of top quality Pinot Meunier based Champagnes, this particular bottling from Alexandre Le Brun is truly singular: intense, long, mineral, wonderfully balanced, serious but with an easy to drink quality that I love in my favorite Meunier based Champagnes. Classy and classic, cool and relevant all at the same time, Revelation earns my highest recommendation.

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