First-ever scores from James Suckling for Champagne AR Lenoble – and how!

First-ever scores from James Suckling for Champagne AR Lenoble – and how!

October 19, 2017, Christian Holthausen

AR Lenoble Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Chouilly – 92 points

A base of 2013 harvest with 35% reserve wine, this has a very sweetly fragrant nose with ripe melon and tangerine citrus. The flavors follow suit in a crisp, bright and vibrant style. Drink now. (4th October 2017)

AR Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Chouilly Vintage 2008 – 92 points

An impressive wine for the power and purity of fruit. Extremely assertive peach and lemon citrus aromas and flavors. The palate has a driving acid cut. Still very youthful, this can easily age for five or more years. (4th October 2017)

AR Lenoble Rosé Terroirs Chouilly-Bisseuil – 91 points

This has enlivening tropical fruits with a swathe of tart and tangy citrus cast into peaches and red cherries on the palate. Watermelon-like freshness at the finish. Drink now. (4th October 2017)

AR Lenoble Cuvée Gentilhomme 2009 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Chouilly – 90 points

A bold oak thread with plenty of pithy lemon citrus fruits and vanillin, too. The palate has an almost chewy edge, and very pithy lemon fruit flavors. Oak tannins square up the finish. Drink now. (4th October 2017)

AR Lenoble Brut Nature Dosage Zéro – 90 points

Pinot meunier-dominant blend with pinot noir and chardonnay, this has an array of ripe light red berries with more savory woody notes, too. The palate delivers a range of ripe stone fruits and cherry flavors. A gently toasty, grilled nut finish. Drink now. (4th October 2017)

AR Lenoble Intense – 90 points

Roughly one-third of each of the three grapes, this has a ripe stance with rich peach and nectarine fruits and a smooth, almost creamy, peach-flavored palate. Straight-forward, expressive fruit. Drink now. (4th October 2017)