LEGRAS ROSÉ BRUT GRAND CRU CHOUILLY
LEGRAS Rosé Brut Grand Cru Chouilly NV
|Grapes||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
Pretty, elegant, light Rosé, with plenty of red berry fruit this is a lovely aperitif, and works well with food too. L&S (Mar 2005)
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Its old rose petal colour combined with reflections of southern tiles gives it a brilliant appearance. The red-berry aromas are dominated by fresh raspberry and blackberry. In the mouth, it has fruity notes with a smooth, tender taste balanced out by a mineral aftertaste. This wine expresses all its charm by its simplicity and its well balanced texture. Winemaker's notes
R & L Legras
The Legras have a history in Chouilly that certainly goes back to the sixteenth century, and their 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 Jullien.
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 Savoie. 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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