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NV H. Lanvin et Fils Brut, Champagne, France (750ml)

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Founded in 1925, Champagne Lombard is a small family-owned Champagne house located in Epernay, just north of the prestigious Côte des Blancs, that has been crafting fine Champagnes for almost 100 years. H. Lanvin et Fils was introduced by the house in 1931 in honor of the deep friendship formed between grower Henry Lanvin and Champagne Lombard founder Robert Andrieu, himself a farmer from Southwestern France.

Philippe Lombard (Robert’s son-in-law) took over the estate in the 1960’s, and today, his son Thierry Lombard is at the helm. The family owns 10 hectares of vineyards located in the Montagne de Reims, in the Vallée de l’Ardre and in the Côte des Bars. All of the vineyards of the estate are farmed sustainably with a number of them in organic conversion. The H. Lanvin et Fils Brut sources grapes from the best terroirs of Champagne, among which are the prestigious Grand Crus of Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Cramant, Chouilly (in the Côte des Blancs), and Verzenay and Ambonnay in the Montagne de Reims—paying homage to the diversity of terroirs in Champagne.

A blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay; Champagne Lombard implements “selection parcellaire”, isolating each vineyard lot during the fermentation and aging processes to preserve the singularity and quintessence of each terroir. Alcoholic fermentation in thermo-regulated, stainless-steel tank. No fining. No malolactic fermentation on the Chardonnay sourced from Mesnil-Sur-Oger. The cuvée was then aged 6 months in steel vats. Dosage: 9 g/L. Aged 24 months

Deep golden hue. The nose is inviting with ripe apple and toasted brioche notes. The palate is subtle with fine bubbles, showing flavors of bruised apple, pear flesh, lemon and a bit of toast. The finish is long and lively with a touch of citrus zest.

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