N.V. Arlaux Grande Cuvee Brut 1er Cru

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Vrigny, Montagne de Reims, Champagne
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$29.95

BRAND NEW UNDER-PRICED LAWC "FIND"

"The nose of this wine seduces you straight away with a great balance of autolytic and fruit aromas: toasted hazelnuts, warm apple tart and kaya (coconut and egg) jam. The palate is equally well balanced providing plenty of evolved fruit and toasty / yeasty flavors. Small, fine bubbles, seamless use of dosage and a long nutty finish. This fine if relatively unknown Brut NV takes first place in the derby - a shocker even for me!" (WA)

Winery Notes:
*RAISON D’ETRE:
Exclusively 1er Cru Champagne with a minimum of 4 years aging

*ONLY 1ER CRU:
They only use their own grapes from 20 to 100 year old vines which are hand-picked in order to select only the very best. All Arlaux cuvées are 100% Premier Cru and 100% Tête de Cuvée (meaning that they only use the juice of the 1st press).

*EXTENDED AGING:
The Grand Cuvee NV is produced almost exclusively from 2008’s harvest along with 30% of Reserve wines giving the cuvee almost 4 years aging in bottle already before disgorgement

*FAMILY RUN:
Arlaux is a small family-run champagne house producing only 5,000 cases a year located in a small village on the Petit Montagne de Reims called Vrigny. Arlaux has been producing champagne since 1826 but the Arlaux-Marchal family have lived in Vrigny since the 13th century.