Region: Champagne, FRA
Variety: Pinot Meunier
The Lelarge family have been growers in Champagne since 1799. Fast forward to 1983, when 7th generation Dominque Lelarge headed to Beaune to study viticulture and oenology. It was here he met his future wife, Dominique Pugeot and in 1985 the couple took over reign of the winery and it became Lelarge-Pugeot. Two of their three children, Clemence and Valantin now work alongside their parents. Lelarge-Pugeot has 8.7 hectares of vines in and around Vrigny, a premier cru village located in Petite Montagne de Reims. The vineyards are spread over 42 distinct parcels, 4.4 hectares planted to Meunier, 2.8 to Pinot Noir and 1.5 to Chardonnay.
Compelling Champagne. Detailed and vinous. Saline and nutty and patisserie shop. Slight creaminess. Proper vanilla, lemon curd, ripe and dried apples, quince. Crackles with acidity and freshness to finish, citrusy, bready, electric yet distinctly layered and multi-faceted. One of those that seems to be a food magnet in style - Mike Bennie