Our cuvée of the month for November comes from Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot, located in the Premier Cru village of Vrigny on the Montagne de Reims.
This lovely little domaine controls just over 8½ hectares of vineyards, mainly located around the village of Vrigny along with some plots in Gueux and Coulommes-La-Montagne. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape here and Vrigny provides an excellent basis for this underrated variety. Vinification is a mixture of enamelled steel tanks and wood.
From 1985 when Dominique Lelarge took over the running of the firm, he has been progressing to the stage where he now farms biodynamically.
The 2002 vintage Extra Brut is equal parts Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Thanks to a long aging process of around 5-6 years, this cuvée has a rich, honeyed boldness. Dosage is a mere 2g/l, no more is required thanks to the ripe fruit that also shows hints of plums.
An exciting house, well worth keeping an eye on as we expect they will go from strength to strength.
Price at source = €34.00
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