Leclerc Briant La Croisette Brut

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Wine Description

Leclerc Briant was an early adopter of organic practices beginning in the 1960’s and pioneered the concept of single-vineyard Champagne beginning in the 1970’s. Fifth generation vigneron, Pascal Leclerc began following biodynamic principles in 1988, with part of the production Demeter certified since 2003. Today, enologist Hervé Jestin continues the legacy of this visionary house.

24.7 acres of vineyard are spread between the Premier Cru villages of Cumières, Hautvillers, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Bisseuil in the Vallée de la Marne, Villers-Allerand and Rilly la Montagne in Montagne de Reims and in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil Sur Oger in the Côte des Blancs. Leclerc Briant also holds long term contracts with another 19.7 acres of organically farmed vineyards.

La Croisette is the jewel of Leclerc Briant, a 1.5 acre vineyard adjacent the winery in Épernay, remarkably never treated with chemicals. "La Croisette" is the name of a little pathway near the winery that overlooks Épernay and lends its name to the vineyard. This 100% Chardonnay spends 10 months in a mix of oak barrels and terra cotta eggs, and then minimum of 24 to 36 months sur lattes. The wine receives no dosage. 2,500 bottles produced.

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“Bright and well-spiced, offering star anise, ground ginger and graphite notes lacing the ripe white cherry, pastry dough and white peach sorbet flavors. Rich and bold, with a well-cut finish.”
— Wine Spectator, Sep 2017
Firm acidity structures this minerally Champagne, with exotic cardamom and ginger spice underscoring the tangy cherry, crunchy white peach, biscuit and mandarin orange peel flavors. Rich and bold, with a well-cut finish.
— Wine Spectator, Mar 2016
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Vineyard & Production Info
Soil composition
264-396 feet
3.9-4.8 tons
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Winemaking & Aging
Prefermentation Technique:
Static Settling
Time on its skins:
12-36 hours
Varietal composition:
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
15-45 days
Fermentation temperature:
61-79 °F
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Type of aging container:
Barrels and Terracotta
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Length of aging before bottling:
10 months
Age of Aging Container:
2-7 years
Length of bottle aging:
24-36 months
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Analytical Data
pH level:
6.4 g/L
12 %
Dry extract:
25.8 g/L
Residual sugar:
3 g/L