AR Lenoble dinner in London, by Sam Clarke
Last month, Anne Malassagne and Christian Holthausen of A.R.Lenoble joined us for a wonderful dinner at the Alyn Williams restaurant at the Westbury Hotel. As well as being a very pleasurable evening, much was learnt, including the following:
1) Lenoble is a truly family owned. "Family owned" is a much abused term and often ignores a large number of other investors. At Lenoble, if Anne and Antoine Malassagne want to do something then it happens.
2) The terroir of Chouilly is not to be overlooked. Chouilly is the northernmost Grand Cru village of the Côtes des Blancs and it produces rounded, creamy wines. For lovers of white Burgundy, this is a village to follow.
3) Biodiversity is at the core of Lenoble and is central to their work. This is most apparent from the presence of bee hives in the vineyards at this honey is available exclusively through Stannary Street.
4) If there is one champagne to buy then it is the 2008 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs. In the words of Anne: "Buy it. Drink two now and keep as many as you can for the future, the vintage is that good". If the evidence of the 1979 that we drunk is anything to go by then Anne is clearly right!