Domaine LeLarge Pugeot, Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut
Winemaker: Earl LeLarge-Pugeot et Fils
Vintage: 2012 Harvest (60%) & Reserve Wine (40%)
Appellation: Champagne, Vrigny Premier Cru (Montagne de Reims)
Soil: Sandy Loam
Certified Organic 2014, Demeter Certified Biodynamic 2017
About the Process
"The Blanc de Blancs is a blend of different Chardonnay parcels grown on sandy loam. The 2012 vintage, which the majority of this base wine comes from, was a difficult one—as it rained for four straight months. The harvest that fall was a small one, but the grapes that were harvested created a regal and precise expression of the vintage—full of finesse with a long lingering finish. An initial crisp acidity gives way to generous floral, ripe pear, peach and citrus notes, complemented by a subtle twist of orange peel and dried fruit complexity."
About the Winemaker
"Lelarge-Pugeot is an eighth-generation winery in the Premier Cru village of Vrigny on the rolling slopes of the Montagne de Reims (about 15 minutes west of Reims). It is a real family operation, helmed by the two parents, Dominique and Dominique, and supported by their kids, one of whom is our good friend Clémence.
The family’s 8.7 hectares of vineyards, which are planted mostly with Pinot Meunier, face northward, offering some protection from the effects of global wiwarming, though Clémence is quick to note that they can now make red wines for the first time in the history of Champagne. The domaine, which has been certified organic since 2014 and Demeter-certified biodynamic since 2017, is comprised of 42 distinct parcels where Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay are grown at elevations of 400 ft.
The wines of Lelarge-Pugeot are bright and full of pizzazz, and the family is producing some electric juice—including Nature et Non Dosé, their no sulfur/no dosage cuvée"