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Bernard Lonclas Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

SKU #1452729 Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Grower Champagne house founded in 1976 by Bernard Lonclas, located in the village of Bassuet. Chardonnay. Bone dry. RS 10 g/l. A little dry on the end. Not for neophytes but very lively. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2012)

K&L Notes

This is from the village of Bassuet is the eastern frontier of Champagne, 50 miles east of Epernay. This is a Champagne which shows off the Turonian limestone soil that this region is famous for. When I tasted this wine, I was shocked at how much Chassagne-Montrachet like weight and minerality that it had. The nose is full of the creamy, baguette toast that one would expect from a top quality Champagne, but it also has intriguing notes of coconut meyer lemon. This will make a great aperitif, but also pair very well with oysters or even lobster. -Gary Westby, K&L

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2020 | Send Email
Whoa. This is a serious Champagne wrapped in an unassuming package. Bernard Lonclas is a new addition to our Direct Import and Champagne Club, and the debut is stunning. 100% Chardonnay, this feels like it, with nervy tension and gorgeous salinity, plus Meyer lemon fruit. But there’s also creaminess and weight to the palate, creating a lovely mouthfeel and providing enough backbone to shine with food. Editorial notes attribute this complexity to the region’s Turonian limestone soil, which I thought was merely marketing copy until I tasted the wine and experienced its unique minerality. In a recent Wine Club newsletter, buyer Gary Westby likened this Blanc de Blancs Brut to Chassagne Montrachet, and I agree. I’ve already had two bottles – one to take to a party and then one to replace it after I couldn’t resist drinking the first prematurely! Chalk up another winner for our DI collection with this delicious, sophisticated sparkler.

By: Shelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2020 | Send Email
Forget about White Claw this summer! It's all about Lonclas! This 100% Chardonnay has all of the elegance and grace you would seek from a Blanc de Blancs, but it also has some power that carries, like the precise, toned muscles of a ballet dancer. The touches of salinity married with the texture of that limestone minerality just beg to have this champagne be apart of the table. This wine is an absolute steal at this price, and it's going to be my first pick for many of my summertime cookouts.

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