Marie-Noelle Ledru Champagne AOC Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs 'Cuvee du Goulte' 2013

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Article number: Ledru Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs 13
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Marie-Noëlle Ledru’s small grower-estate is not well known, however, she has been making some of the best Champagne from Ambonnay within the Montagne de Reims since 1984, although the estate has been around since 1946. She had owned five hectares in Ambonnay and one in Bouzy, with a total of 30 different parcels, however, in 2010, she lost several due to family disputes, leaving her with a mere two hectares. She farms her two hectares with the utmost care, planting cover crops and abolishing the use of herbicides or insecticides. She also bottles her wines without filtration and any added sulfur at disgorgement. Twice a day, she goes down into the cellars and turns the bottles a quarter turn (riddling) which slowly eases the lees to their downward-facing point of departure. Fermentation is done in steel tanks, and all of her wines are allowed to go through malolactic fermentation–she believes it is natural for wines to do so–and sit on its lees for an average of three to five years. Although her holdings are so small, she only bottles about half of her production, selling the rest to Pol Roger and Deutz. This Blanc de Noirs Cuvée de Goulté is her “Tête de Cuvée”, meaning “best of the best”. It is powerful and vinous, yet incredibly balanced, expressing clearly the greatness of the Grand Cru Ambonnay pinot noir fruit with some white peach, flowers, and lime zest notes, and a touch of brioche. The 2013 is drinking beautifully now, but can be cellared for up to five more years!

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