The “Gorgeous Cuvées” of Champagne AR Lenoble

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March 31, 2019 (Sun)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Chain Bridge Cellars
1351 Chain Bridge Rd.
McLean, VA 22101

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Cost: $50

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This tasting of seven different Champagnes from AR Lenoble will leaving you fizzing with excitement and bubbling over with joy.  

What is AR Lenoble? Well, calls it, “probably the most admired boutique family house right now” in all of Champagne. Grandchildren of founder Armand-Raphael Grasner, Antoine and Anne Malssagne bring an intense focus and dedication to making great Champagne from their Grand Cru vineyards in Chouilly. They farm naturally, crop to ultra-low yields (some of the lowest in Champagne), cultivate biodiversity, and use only the “cuvee” – or first pressing – of their grapes with none of the taille (second pressing) used elsewhere.

And all this work makes for great wines. After tasting the releases we’ll be featuring, Wine Advocate gushed, “There are some gorgeous cuvées to discover this year from the brother-sister team of Antoine and Anne Malssagne at Domaine AR Lenoble in Damery, Marne Valley.”

Export Manager/GM/'Make Up Any Title You Like for Him' Christian Holthausen will be on hand to lead us through our tasting of seven astonishing AR Lenoble Champagnes including:

AR Lenoble Brut Intense Mag 14 NV  - a wine developed in response to climate change and warmer growing seasons with a unique approach to building freshness and complexity.

AR Lenoble Champagne Brut Nature Dosage Zero NV – a fascinating contrast to the Brut Intense; vivid and piercing.

AR Lenoble Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs NV
AR Lenoble Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2008  - A glorious pair of Chouilly Chardonnays; the 2008 earned 94 points from Wine Advocate!

AR Lenoble Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Noirs NV
AR Lenoble Brut Chouilly Rose NV – the estate’s Pinot Noir wines, one rich and deep and the other an exciting and serious Wine Advocate 92 point refreshing pink

AR Lenoble Demi-Sec Cuvee Riche NV – a fleshy, bold and decidedly “Riche” Champagne to pair at table with bold flavors.

You’ll love the wines, delight in Christian’s energetic, zesty, presentation, and end up a fan of this exciting, if still “under the radar” Champagne house.  As always, we’ll have light snacks to enjoy with the wines and great discounted prices to help you enjoy them at home, too. Reserve your seats on our website, email, call us at 703.356.6500 or simply stop by the store.

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