P. Lancelot-Royer, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut 2012
There are a mere seventeen villages in Champagne rated “Grand Cru,” whose houses within those may append the esteemed designation on the label.
Cramant is one of those villages, where we find the house of Lancelot-Royer, in the esteemed Côte des Blancs subregion. As the name implies, Chardonnay is king in the Côte des Blancs and its Kimmeridgian chalk soils – the very same you find in Chablis and Sancerre. It’s no wonder, then, that you see such mineral precision in this beautiful 2012 Brut.
You'll find this Champagne to be on the fuller side, think a late-disgorged vintage Bollinger or Krug, with exotic flowers, lemon curd,, croissant crust, and almonds with a vibrating, mineral core accented by warm chestnuts and a wonderfully clean, dry finish.
Headed by the inimitable Michael Chauvet, the estate was founded in 1960 and it’s probably not hyperbole to say the wines have never been better. You’ll find this rare cuvée on only a few shelves and wine lists – the few bottles we pried out of the importer’s hands are some of the last in the country. Add some to your cellar to enjoy now or watch a slow progression over the following 3-5 years, where the nutty, toasty notes will deepen and evolve. Cheers!
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