2009 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Gentilhomme
Gentilhomme is made only in certain years when each parcel achieves perfect maturity and is made using the best plots within the Chouilly Grand Cru vineyards. The wine was first created by Joseph Graser, Armand-Raphaël’s son, in honour of his father, shortly after he assumed the reins of AR Lenoble in 1947. The 2009 vintage was vinified in oak barrels and will be released for the first time on the 1st of July. The dosage is less than 3 grams/litre making this a wine that combines opulence and elegance.
`A bold oak thread with plenty of pithy lemon citrus fruits and vanillin, too. The palate has an almost chewy edge, and very pithy lemon fruit flavors. Oak tannins square up the finish. Drink now.` James Suckling, 4th October 2017
`A glowing, bright medium-straw hue introduces a cuvée that contrasts the exuberance of ripe white fruits of 2009 with a sour acid note and the pronounced charcuterie character of full barrel vinification, disrupting Lenoble`s hitherto record of sensitive use of oak. It consequently lacks something of the dignified refinement that this cuvée has exhuded in the past, a powerful wine that collides ripe lemon and grapefruit with fim acidity and prominent oak character. It achieves the accord with poise and harmony, thanks to the tension of malic acidity and the prominent, fine chalk minerality of Chouilly, drawing out a long and accurate finish.` 92 points, Tyson Stelzer, 2018-2019 edition of The Champagne Guide