Champagne Lhuillier Brut Tradition Review
I was surprised to learn this is a grower Champagne because it didn’t have all the jagged edges I’ve come to expect from single-vineyard Champagne. Rather large production for RM — ~13000 cases per year.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
From this winery: Champagne Lhuillier
Wine color/style: Sparkling wine
Grape variety or blend: Champagne
Other characteristics: Grower
Brut Tradition: What I think
Champagne Lhuillier is a 74 acre, multi-generational chateau located in the southern portion of the Champagne region called Aube. This region, closer to Chablis than Champagne’s more famous Épernay, was historically known for its contribution of Pinot Noir to well-known Champagnes like Taittinger and Krug, but these days it has its own reputation as a rebel group of grower-producers (we often call this Grower Champagne) and affordability (while still being true Champagne). I was surprised to learn this is a grower Champagne (they make ~13,000 cases of this wine per year) because it didn’t have all the jagged edges I’ve come to expect from single-vineyard Champagne.
Truly delightful Champagne at an incredibly fair price. To my taste, the wine offered a subtle lemony essence and creme brulée. It was not overly yeasty and still offered complexity. As we continued to drink it I noticed brioche, biscuit, and what I think was vanilla, but could have been more creaminess. There are no official tasting notes from the winery, but Vivino’s drinkers agree with my notes (except they also detected a variety of tree fruits like green apple, peach, etc.).
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