For nearly a century, Champagne AR Lenoble has remained 100% family-owned and 100% independent.
Sister and brother owners Anne and Antoine Malassagne are the great-grandchildren of Armand-Raphaël Graser who founded Champagne AR Lenoble in 1920.
Champagne AR Lenoble believes very strongly in privileging the characteristic expression of fruit from its own vineyards located in three prime locations in Champagne:
CHOUILLY, the northernmost Grand Cru village located on the celebrated Côte des Blancs (10 hectares are estate-owned by Champagne AR Lenoble) and home of some of the most magnificent Chardonnay in all of Champagne.
BISSEUIL, the Premier Cru village located between Mareuil-sur-Ay and Tours-sur-Marne (6 hectares are estate-owned by Champagne AR Lenoble) and home of rich and structured Pinot Noir.
DAMERY, the site of Champagne AR Lenoble since 1920, located to the immediate east of Cumières. The village is home to some elegant and expressive Pinot Meunier due to soils that are a combination of clay and limestone.
Champagne AR Lenoble is fortunate enough to own 2.5 hectares.
Champagne AR Lenoble uses exclusively the CUVEE to craft the wines, never the TAILLE. All reserve wines are conserved in either small Burgundy barrels of 225 litres or 5000-litre foudres. Malolactic fermentation is done or not done according to parcel and year however it is
never done for vinified or aged under wood.
The goal is to create wines which are precise, vinous and full of character. The wines of Champagne AR Lenoble are recognised for their round and creamy texture, with bubbles perfectly integrated.
Champagne AR Lenoble Cuvée Gentilhomme Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 1996 is made of 100 % Chardonnay from the Grand Cru Chouilly.
To celebrate their 20th anniversary together in 2016, Anne and Antoine decided to offer this wine from their first vintage that had not been offered for sale previously: 250 bottles of 1996 Cuvée Gentilhomme Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs.
This Champagne comes with a low dosage of 2g/l (Extra Brut). Today, Champagnes with low or zero dosage are in very high demand, but 18 years ago that was not the case.
A pale lemon-gold of impressively youthful hue, and still the energy to generate a steady stream of fine bubbles: the strong pulse of a Champagne full of life. Autumnal bounty, pre-harvest, on the nose: clean, fresh white mushroom, then, with air and a little warmth, subtle scents of baked apple and cinnamon. A fine mousse on a medium body, at once flowing, supple, and vigorous, the ripe acidity contributing to a gently spiraling finish of excellent length. Superb with a soft truffled cheese.