Leclerc Briant was an early adopter of organic practices beginning in the 1960’s and pioneered the concept of single-vineyard Champagne starting in the 1970’s. Fifth generation vigneron, Pascal Leclerc started to follow biodynamic principles in 1988, with part of the production Demeter certified since 2003. Today, enologist Hervé Jestin continues the legacy of this visionary house.
Ten hectares of vineyard 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 the Grand Cru villages of Cramant and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs. Leclerc Briant also holds long-term contracts with another 8 hectares of biodynamically farmed vineyards.
Pure Cramant is 100% Chardonnay from the Grand Cru village of Cramant in the Côte des Blancs region of Champagne. Pure Cramant takes its name from the philosophy behind its production: zero added sulfites, zero dosage, and a 100% pure expression of the terroir. Fermentation and aging take place in used 225-liter French oak barriques for ten months followed by five years aging in bottle sur lattes. The wine receives no dosage with just .65 grams per liter of residual sugar.
The first impression on the nose is both very floral and intensely creamy followed by the distinctive trademark of the rich, chalk soil of Cramant. After a moment or two of air, notes of butter come to the fore mingled with licorice, poppy seed, caramel, almond milk, and clove. The palate shows a host of fresh fruit aromas with the intense chalkiness of Cramant underpinning it all.
Gastronomic Champagne is the goal of Leclerc Briant, and all their wines are intended to accompany fine cuisine. Pure Cramant, with its round and dense texture and the weightiness of chalk with a suggestion of wood, is an ideal apéritif to serve with canapés, chilled seafood and salt cod purée.