Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru Chouilly Champagne R&L Legras NV
Based on 2018 and 2019. Delicate. Quite light. Gossamer stuff. Not for the table but this could be a very nice apero at a reasonably thinkable price. Long. 12.5% Drinking range: 2023 - 2025 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2023)
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100% Chardonnay. Chouilly grand cru. 24–30 months sur lattes. Dosage 7 g/l. Tastes sweet, although the dosage isn’t especially high. Charming floral peachiness and soft, satiny bubbles. Apple-sherbet acidity. Bitter-apple-skin on the finish. A gentle wine. Drinking range: 2023 - 2026 Rating: 16 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2023)
From the Grand Cru vineyards of Chouilly, this entirely Chardonnay champagne has pale colour, smooth weight and fresh flavour, with remarkable clean length and a zesty finish. A really exciting quality Champagne which always deserves a wider audience.L&S (Jun 2018)
Well balanced and rewarding. Fills the mouth without any excess acidity. Not a bad price in the current crazy champagne market. Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Nov 2022)
Champagne R&L Legras
The Legras family has a history in Chouilly that goes back to the sixteenth century, and the association with viticulture can be traced back Honoré Legras who bought vines there in 1808. In the 1950s his descendants, brothers René and Lucien, set up as a récoltant-manipulant and in 1972 changed to negociant-manipulant since they were buying grapes to supplement what they grew on their on five hectares. Gérard Barbier, an employee of the brothers, took over and ran the house for over thirty years, eventually handing over to his son Julien.
Legras make Chardonnays from the Grand Cru classified village of Chouilly at the beginning of Côte des Blancs (except the rosé, coloured by red wine they source in Ambonnay). Well known and highly-respected in France it is used by many top-flight restaurants as 'house' champagne, including the Tour d'Argent and Guy Savoy. The house style exalts the softer and creamy style of Chouilly Chardonnay which is so often more approachable than the firmer wines of the other Côte des Blancs villages.
L&S's association with R & L Legras goes a long way back - as it was the house Champagne of Steven Spurrier's shop 'Les Caves de La Madeleine' in Paris when Charles Lea worked there. Since the original L&S shop was on the site of the London 'Caves de la Madeleine', Legras Champagne was already known in the neighbourhood and it seemed sensible to go on offering it - and it has been on the list ever since.
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