Champagne, Lebeau-Batiste "Tradition" Brut Rosé NV
Emilie Lebeau and her husband Florent met at 1am in a nightclub when they were 17 and have remained together as partners in life and wine ever since. Now, at the grand old age of 31, they oversee a multi-generation, multi-century, final-year-of-organic conversion farm that sits in what seems to be Champagne's most "in crowd", of-the-moment village, Chavot-Courcourt. Nestled against the western border of the Côte des Blancs, 15 minutes south of Epernay and a few minutes northwest of Grand Cru villages Cuis and Cramant, Chavot is a treasure trove of old vine Chardonnay vines and ancient limestone vineyards. Emilie and Florent are not "growers" in the severely austere, zero dosage, 100% pinot meunier, Aube definition of the word. On the contrary, this young couple bottles instantly gratifying, complexly textured, long lees-aged, and undeniably delicious and crowd pleasing wines. This wine is dominated by Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, with a 10% dose of Chardonnay. There is deep minerality and terroir-driven tension for Champagne geeks and also luxurious and plump fruit, biscuity notes and a judicious 8g of dosage for lovers of "classic" Champagne.
This comprehensive and entertaining description comes from importer Alex Finberg.
Must be 21 years old to purchase. ID is required at delivery or in-store pickup.