This is the all-new release from AR Lenoble and it is safe to say that they have made an impact! In a recent tasting with Jancis Robinson, AR Lenoble scored the most it has ever received both the Intense and for Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Chouilly. The other top five wines tasted in this article were Louis Roederer Cristal Vintage 2008 (19.5), Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 (18.5), AR Lenoble Grand Cru Blancs de Blancs Chouilly « mag 14 » NV (18/20), Jacques Lassaigne Brut Nature Vintage 2008 (18/20) and Jacquesson Cuvée 741 Extra Brut NV (18/20).
Complex on the nose showing distinct nutty, yellow fruit notes. the style is super fresh, light and delicate with bright citrus fruit with a softness and roundness to the finish. A very well made wine that shows great ageing potential and has hallmark AR Lenoble characteristics of restrain, purity and energy.
"They are including more reserve wines to add freshness, they say. Quite open and lacy in texture but with great depth. Very satisfying and unignorable. This is the wine that Lenoble have very kindly donated as the aperitif for the Room to Read London wine gala 2018. Powerful."
Tech details: 25% Chardonnay from Chouilly, 30% Pinot Noir from Bisseuil, 45% Meunier from Damery. Base 2014; 40% reserve wines, including a fraction of 2010 reserves aged in magnum under cork for four years to 2014 – hence ‘mag 14’. Three years on lees. Release 2018. 25% oak fermented. Dosage 5 g/l.
Jancis Robinson 17/20