2008 R&L LEGRAS SAINT VINCENT BLANC de BLANC BRUT
I first got turned on to this producer after having the “house” bubbly Brut and Rose at La Tour d`Argent in Paris many times and loving them. Finally, I asked the Chef de Cave, David Ridgway, who makes this for them and it was R&L Legras.
As an aside, the cellar at this restaurant is not to be missed. Obviously, it would be best to to do in person. Even if it is only to be viewed on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oftsAIccURU
, [in French, but the pictures are the story]. They walled off a part of the cellar at the beginning of WW ll to salvage the most treasured wines when German occupation was imminent as reported in “Wine and War”.
Founded in the 16th century, Legras is one of the great names of Chouilly, the famous and most northerly village of the Côte de Blancs. This vintage was made in honour of the winegrowers’ Patron Saint since the 1964.
Tasting notes: the first hit was of bracing acidity which toned down after a bit; lemon zest, apple, pear and guava arrived first on the scene, but it was the fresh, ripe peach notes that commanded attention all the way to the back end; this is a big, rich bubbly that seems to expand with time and I`m deducing it would be prudent to cellar this vintage for many years before opening; mouthfeel is important to me and this exudes a creaminess that seriously tantalises my tactile sense; this is good serious, complex champagne that can hold its own in this category.