Brut Champagne Lancelot Pienne NV

Grapes Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Colour White
Origin France, Champagne
ABV 12.5%

A cuvée which takes the style of the 'Tradition' and exalts it. Still majority Pinot Meunier, it's from different terroirs. As Gilles put it, this has 'more dried fruit - hazelnuts and apricot'. Deeper gold colour and yes the nuts and dried fruits are there on the nose at once, with a sort of polished wood character, a glowing patination, an autumnal richness. The finish is prolonged by a light bitterness from the Meunier, and being very dry it stays fresh. L&S (Oct 2021)

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(70% meunier, 15% chardonnay, 15% pinot noir, 2014 harvest, disgorged February 2021, dosage 5 g/L). Attractively layered aromas include those of petrol, prominent yeast, apple, pear and a floral top note. There is both very good volume and richness to the moderately firm, if not necessarily fine, effervescence supporting the middle weight flavors that possess fine complexity on the clean, dry and sneaky long finale where a touch of bitter lemon character emerges. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 91 Allen Meadows, (Apr 2022)

Cuvée Accord Majeur is aptly named since it assembles 70% pinot meunier, 15% pinot noir and 15% chardonnay. Origin: selected vineyards on South Epernay hills. Soil: clay and chalk. Vineyard age: 40 years on average Winemaking is in temperature controlled stainless steel vats Alcoholic fermentation at stabilized 18-20°C temperature. Controlled malolactic fermentation 100% Blend of 2014 base wine (70%) with 30% long term reserve wine to guarantee the Lancelot-Pienne style. Bottled in April 2016 This cuvée has been stored in our cellars for 5 years. This length of time makes for a well-nurtured, mature champagne. Ageing on lathes in cellar. Gilles Lancelot has opted for a 5g/l dosage (instead of 7g/l previously) to emphasize both harmony and complexity in the blend. The new dosage, need it be said, has fully met wine lovers’ approval. The mouth is round, vinous without heaviness (it retains its full initial lightness), very fruity – the kind of fruit compotes one would like to spread on a thick slice of farmhouse bread were it possible. But it is not… Winemaker's notes (Jan 2022)

Champagne Lancelot Pienne

Gilles Lancelot, a qualified oenologist, is the fourth generation of his family to have his own vines in Cramant. It was his grandfather Jean who became the first one in the family sell his own Champagne, shortly after the second world war. Gilles' father Albert married Brigitte Pienne, from another Champagne-producing family, and she brought with her the vines in the south Épernay hills (in Mancy and Monthelon) and the Marne valley.

The 8.3 hectares of vineyard supply all their grapes, so as Gilles says, they know exactly what goes into each bottle. 3 hectares are in the Grand Cru villages of Cramant, Avize and Chouilly, another 2-3 in Mancy and Monthelon, and the rest in the Marne valley, including Bisseuil. The domaine is 60% Chardonnay, 30% Meunier and 10% Pinot Noir. They have 70 different parcels of vines, which demand a lot of attention, but give a wide palette when it comes to blending.

The vineyard is certified HVE3, and the approach is 'balanced viticulture'. The domaine is entirely worked by their own employees and soils and ploughed and only organic fertiliser is used. They try to use only natural treatments to stimulate the vines to defend themselves. Gilles wants ripe grapes in good condition and is, as he puts it, quite slow to pick, but 'but then again you have to preserve the acidity too'. The vinifications are entirely in stainless steel to preserve the purity of their Chardonnay, and the élevage continues until bottling in July - the object being to make wines which are straight and pure, all in delicacy, with freshness as well as aromas and flavours. Malolactic fermentation is a choice - for example in 2017 all the wines went through malo, but in the very ripe vintage of 2018, all were blocked.

There's a temptation, of course, if you are called Lancelot, to refer to the Arthurian legends, and it's a temptation that is irresistible if you then marry a girl whose maiden name is Perceval. As Gilles says, at least they didn't name their children Arthur and Guinevere. But the winery dog is called Hector (Hector de Maris was Lancelot's half-brother). Watch this space - when their son takes over, the domaine may change its name to Lancelot-Perceval. All of which explains the discreet logo and the name of the Cuvée 'La Table Ronde'.

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