The Independent: 10 Best Champagnes for the Holidays…including AR Lenoble Brut Intense!

The Independent: 10 Best Champagnes for the Holidays…including AR Lenoble Brut Intense!

December 7, 2016, Christian Holthausen

AR Lenoble was founded in 1920 by Armand-Raphaël Graser. Nearly a hundred years on, it is still family-owned, run by great-grandchildren Anne and Antoine Malassagne. The Brut Intense is a blend of Chardonnay from the Grand Cru and unique vineyards of Chouilly, Pinot Noir from the Premier Cru vineyards of Bisseuil and Pinot Meunier from Damery.  This is full of character with a bouquet of mature, poached fruit on the nose (apricot, apple and prunes); plus almonds, hay, citrus and buttery oxidative notes from four years on lees. The longer cellar ageing and high proportion of reserve wines, conserved in wooden barrels, allows the dosage to be kept to a minimum and the overall taste to be exquisite. Pair with roasted scallops and pumpkin, oysters, tuna sashimi or nutty cheeses.

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