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Blanc de Blancs Brut Lancelot Pienne NV

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Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Champagne

90% Chardonnay from the coteaux sud d’Epernay (Monthelon, Mancy), which have much more in common with the Côte de Blancs than the Marne valley, and a bit of Bisseuil, which may be responsible for the ripest notes, with 10% of reserve wine from the Côte des Blancs. It's a Blanc de Blancs with ripeness and body, crunchy white fruit, apples, bright citrus, as well as a roundness which makes it an easy choice as an aperitif - the refreshing mineral finish keeps you coming back for more. L&S (Oct 2021)

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“By choosing to create this cuvée with 90% chardonnay from south Epernay uplands (Monthelon, Mancy) my idea was to insist on the fresh fruit this terroir can produce.” Gilles Lancelot explains. 10% of wine from our long-term reserves (Côte des Blancs chardonnay) bring forth the House style of this devilishly enticing blanc de blancs. Soil: chalk and clay/chalk Vineyard age: 40 years on average Winemaking is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, at a temperature of 18/20° for increased precision in extracting aromas. Controlled alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation 100% Blend of 2017 base wine (90%) with 10% long term reserves (solely Chardonnays of the last 15 years) Bottled in July 2018 This cuvée has been lying on lathes in our cellars for 30 months White fruit, ripe fruit, freshness and finesse are the features of this ample, round and almost “crisp” champagne, dosed at 7g/l for a perfect balance. Here is a splendid aperitif champagne, acknowledged for its lightness and delicacy and meant to make the most of the present moment (hence its name), Horace’s time honored carpe diem. 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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