Localization: Chouilly, Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France
Tasting Notes: The toasty, floral expression of the Grand Cru village of Chouilly offers a unique taste experience.
Food pairing: Great on its own but also an elegant accompaniment to seafood fresh pasta topped with Parmesan.
The Domain: AR Lenoble is a rare breed in Champagne—both a highly respected house and independently owned since day one. This is a family resolute in keeping operations close-knit and crafting the greatest, purest expressions from an impressive collection of elite vineyards.
Entirely independent and family-owned, Champagne AR Lenoble was awarded France's Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE) certification by the Ministry of Agriculture for over 20 years of sustainable vineyard practices.
The meticulous process for this is similar to the “Intense” but this 100% chardonnay Champagne comes from the excellent 2016 base year with 30% “reserve” wine from their “perpetual reserve” and their aged reserve of magnums. It was finished with just 2 g/l dosage and makes a terrific companion to seafood or vegetable pasta dishes. It’s equally impressive with no food at all, though, and you could lose yourself in the subtle nuance of the fragrant chardonnay fruit.