Brut Champagne Lancelot Pienne NV

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

70% Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir. 80% from 2018, 20% from their 'perpetual reserve'. 48 months sur lattes. Disgorged December 2022. Dosage 6 g/l.
Love the sour cream on this. Tang and pomelo with lightly grilled notes, not quite toastiness, and planty of playful fruit. Like fresh apple puree. Nip of quinine. You'd want another glass of this.
Drinking range: 2024 - 2027 Rating: 17 Tamlyn Currin - (May 2024)

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70% Pinot Meunier with 15% each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 70 different plots of the domaine, and completed with 20% of wine from the 'perpetual reserve', this non-vintage is a Champagne for all occasions. It's quite ample and round, and there's aromatic depth and complexity, with ripe yellow-fruit notes in a graceful, elegant frame, with a hint of smoke and mineral too.L&S (Oct 2021)

The NV Brut Tradition is a blend of 70% Pinot Meunier and 15% Chardonnay and Pinot Noir each, of which 80% are from the 2018 vintage, the rest is from a perpetual reserve. Notes of polenta and Golden Delicious apple peel only appear gently on the nose, more air adds gentle candlewax. They are joined by subtle plum on the palate where sprightly, medium-bubbled mousse courses through them and shows off a fine line of freshness. Dosage is 6gr/L. Disgorged: December, 2022. Drinking range: 2023 - 2027 Rating: 88 Anne Krebiehl MW, (Nov 2023)

70% Pinot Meunier with 15% each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 70 different plots of the domaine and completed with 20% of wine from the 'perpetual reserve'. Vinified in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats. Alcoholic fermentation at stabilised 18–20 °C temperature. Controlled malolactic fermentation. 100% bottled in July 2016 and stored in chalk cellars for 48 months. Dosage 7 g/l. Simpler than some of this producer’s offerings but ticks the boxes. Just a tad sweet. Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Nov 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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