Champagne Valentin Leflaive Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
Champagne Valentin Leflaive represents a unique interpretation of champagne and its grape varietals. Made with extreme precision, each cuvée is a veritable celebration of minerality, finesse, and complexity. Extra-Brut Valentin Leflaive is composed exclusively of Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs.
Grapes from each plot of vines are vinified separately, then the wine is delicately blended with our reserve wines before being bottled and placed in the still depths of our cellars in Avize to mature and acquire its wonderful bubbles.
The base wine is from the 2010 vintage. Aged for 10 months in stainless steel (70%) and oak barrels (30%).
This is a beautifully textured wine, a collaboration between Olivier Leflaive of Burgundy and Erick de Sousa of Champagne. Balancing dryness against ripe fruit and with acidity shining through the mineral texture, the wine is taut and tense while also ready to drink.
A very complex blanc de blancs that has such rich and toasty aromas of grilled pears, apples, and brioche with white mushrooms and a toasted-almond thread. The palate carries a super sleek, fresh, and vibrant feel with intense lemons and apples. Spiced-brioche finish. Drink now.
Derived from the village of Grauves, a premier cru located on the other side of the Côte de Blanc's main wine-growing escarpment, Leflaive's NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Gr1445 is based on the 2014 vintage and was disgorged in September 2018 with four and a half grams per liter dosage. Offering up aromas of sweet confit lemon, yellow apple, and warm bread, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy, and charming, with lively acids and a nicely defined finish. There's a touch less depth and complexity than is to be found in its rosé counterpart, but this is still a very creditable effort that's ideally adapted to service as an apéritif.