AR Lenoble

Run by fourth generation sister and brother team Anne and Antoine Malassagne, AR Lenoble has been consistently 100% family-owned and independent for nearly 100 years since their great-grandfather Armand-Raphaël (‘AR’) Graser founded the house in 1920. The house owns 18 hectares of vineyards, 10 of them in the Grand Cru village of Chouilly (Chardonnay), 6 in the Premier Cru village of Bisseuil (Pinot Noir) and 2 in the village of Damery (Pinot Meunier) in the Marne Valley. The vineyards have been certified Haute Valeur Environnementale since September 2012 in recognition of 20 years of sustainable practices, including zero use of chemical fertilizers, practically zero use of any herbicide, drastic limitations on phytosanitary inputs to fight powdery mildew and downy mildew, and special focus on biodiversity with the introduction of hedges, orchards, slopes, trees and walls in addition to 70,000 honey bees from which the estate makes a limited amount of honey each year. AR Lenoble is one of the rare producers to continue to use exclusively Coquard presses during the harvest. All reserve wines are matured either in small 225L Burgundy barrique barrels or in 5000L foudres according to the principles of the ‘solera’ or ‘réserve perpétuelle’ system. Recently the family have begun ageing the wines in magnums only (for a minimum period of 3 years) before they are disgorged into their long term formats. Magnums are considered the perfect size, adding nuance and complexity. Dosage is kept to a strict minimum.

`The Domaine A. R. Lenoble proved to be an exciting discovery. As I have frequently written, one of the more positive developments in Champagne is the number of small domaines that are getting recognition for the high quality of their selections` Robert M. Parker, Wine Advocate

“It’s very clear to me that Antoine Malassagne knows his vines and their relationship with the climate and soils very well.” Christina Rasmussen, The Buyer

Winemaker: Anne and Antoine Malassagne

Hectares: 18 hectares

Parcels:
10 hectares in the Grand Cru village of Chouilly for Chardonnay (pure chalk soils), 6 hectares in the Premier Cru village of Bisseuil for Pinot Noir (pure chalk soils), 2 hectares in the Marne Valley village of Damery for Meunier (clay and limestone soils)

Website: www.champagne-arlenoble.com

Wines

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    The intense is a blend of the three varietals of Champagne with the Chardonnay coming from the Grand Cru vineyards of Chouilly, the Pinot Noir from the 1er Cru vineyards of Bisseuil and the Pinot Meunier from the two hectares A.R. Lenoble owns in Damery. Thanks to the large proportion of reserve wines and long cellar ageing the dosage is kept to the minimum. Cepages . Chardonnay 30 %, Pinot Noir 35 %, Pinot Meunier 35 % Dosage . 5 g/l Crus . Chouilly, Bisseuil, Damery

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    2008 was an exceptional vintage in Champagne but it is one for the cellar. Made exclusively from Grand Cru grapes from Chouilly. This has great depth, power and energy and is a very exciting prospect for the future. The wines were tasted by the Flint/Stannary team without knowing the price and this was the one that we were furthest away from in our guesses. A strong recommendation for your cellar. Cepage . Chardonnay 100 % Dosage . 5 g/l Cru . Chouilly

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    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.

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    Les Aventures takes its name from one small parcel in Chouilly which has a particularly chalky soil. The blend is made from wines from the best vintages which have complimentary characteristics. The bottles are aged in the Lenoble chalk cellars before release but the wine will continue to improve for many years. Bottling is done by hand using the traditional stapled corks and each bottle has been numbered for identification. Riddling and disgorging are also done by hand. The second fermentation is allowed to occur under cork, creating a complex, oxidative character. Cepage . Chardonnay 100 % Dosage . 3 g/l Cru . Chardonnay

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    This rare rosé is made from 90% Grand Cru Chardonnay grapes and 10% 1er Cru Pinot Noir. It combines the power of the red fruit aromas of the Bisseuil terroir with the elegance of Chouilly. Cepages . Chardonnay 88 %, Pinot Noir 12 % Dosage . 3 g/l Crus . Chouilly, Bisseuil