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 :


I have found The house of Arlaux is one of Champagne's best kept secrets, its vineyards are all Premier Cru on the "Montagne de Reims", the greatest terroir in the region and most of its tiny hand-crafted production goes to the finest Michelin starred restaurants around the world, from Paris to Tokyo. This is champagne of the very highest quality at a price that is far below champagnes of a similar class.

"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! -Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate held a blind tasting of NV Champagne and one wine toppled all of the more well known names. Made from grapes coming exclusively from Premier Cru vineyards, you would be forgiven if you thought you were drinking something that cost twice the price! (WA)

Ranking of Recommended Brut NV Champagnes in Wine Advocate:
1) Arlaux Brut Grande Cuvee Premier Cru (92 points)

2) Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV

3) Taittinger Brut Reserve NV
Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV
Lanson Black Label Brut NV
Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV

4) Pol Roger Reserve Brut NV
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV
Deutz Brut Classic NV
Billecart-Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs NV

5) Laurent-Perrier Brut NV
Gosset Brut Excellence NV
Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV

6) Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV

7) Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut NV
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Particuliere NV
Gardet Guy de Saint Flavy Brut NV
Pierre Gimonnet Brut Cuis 1er Cru NV

8) Pol Roger Pure Brut Nature NV

9) Henriot Brut Souverain NV

10) Lamiable Brut Grand Cru NV" (WA)

Winery Notes:
Exclusively 1er Cru Champagne with a minimum of 4 years aging

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).

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

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.