CHAMPAGNE LAVAL-LOUIS – Cuvée Louis Philippe
Around 23 euros per bottle
Luxurious and traditional bottle.
Fine bead of foam, persistent.
Intense and sensual.
Fragrances of apple, pear, citrus fruits, white flowers and exotic fruits underlined by a tinge of liquorice, signatures of the Chardonnay, exclusive varietal of the champagne.
Later, the aromas of caramel, honey and beeswax reveal the radiant maturity of the cuvée, result of 3 years of ageing on laths of the bottles, with patient autolysis of the prise de mousse yeasts in the deep chalk cellars of the house.
Joyful purity, obtained by the soft pressing of the grapes in a traditional press, reinforced by the timely stop of the malolactic fermentation of the base wines.
The mouth becomes silky, ample and generous, definitely thanks to the 7 g/L of sugar added during the dosage after disgorgement, highlighted by the bright minerality and by the soft effervescence.
Dense finish, balanced, barely spicy and coupled with a delicious bitterness.
Endless length on the palate.
For this Cuvée Louïs Philippe, touching homage to his grandfather, Florent Laval, its producer, was able to orchestrate the meeting of vintages (50% from 2014, 25% from 2013 and 25% from 2012) to offer us an original blanc de blancs, inspired interpretation of the Premier Cru terroir of Cumières, in the Marne Valley.
To taste as an aperitif or during a meal, with snails in a puff pastry, for example.
In Cumières, Florent Laval, passionate wine grower and his wife Régine cultivate their south-facing vineyard of 4.40 hectares, spread over the Crus of Cumières, Damery and Hautvillers. Grapes of the three champenois varietals (53% of Pinot Noir, 24% of Chardonnay and 23% of Meunier) are harvested by hand, nice ripe, and then patiently vinified in small volumes separating the plots, to produce each year around 20,000 bottles of authentic champagnes.