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Leclerc Briant Champagne: a focus on precision
Five successive generations have followed each other at this family run estate created in Cumières in 1872. Precursors of organic winemaking in the 20th century (finally certified in 2004) and biodynamics (certified in 2008), the estate Leclerc became the Maison de Négoce Champagne Leclerc Briant following a union in the 1950's and relocated to Epernay.
When, in 1990, Pascal Leclerc took over the management of the Maison Leclerc Briant, he vastly improved the quality of their production via an extreme precision both in the vines and in the cave. In 2012 the estate has been bought by Mark Nunnelly and Denise Dupré, a franco-american couple in love with the French "art de vivre" and its fine wines. The couple already own three estates in Burgundy, in Rully (Côte Chalonnaise, making village and first growth wines), Meursault and Pommard (with first growth holdings). The couple continually seeks excellence and refinement in all their endeavours. They are, after all, behind the renovation of the five-star Royal Champagne hotel in Epernay begun in 2014, reopened in 2018 and obtained its first star in the Guide Michelin the following year. Their search for excellence continues at Leclerc Briant, currently under the direction of Frédéric Zeimett, previously a buyer for Moët & Chandon, who perfectly understands the Champagne market and learned biodynamics from Michel Chapoutier as the director of that iconic Northern Rhône winery from 2009 to 2011.
Leclerc Briant dispose of 14 hectares, primarily in first growth and Grand cru. Since the beginning of the 80's the estate has been a precursor isolating and bottling specific plots in order to propose more singular expressions of the terroir of Champagne and they continue to innovate and take Champagne to new heights. Some of their projects include vinification in inox covered in gold, or their cuvée Abyss, of their Spécialité range (including Champagne Leclerc Briant Divine, Grand Blanc et Blanc de Meunier). The unique Abyss is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot noir et Pinot meunier that has been aged undersea (1st immersion in 2014, removed in 2017) to benefit from that unique environment that provides a startling minerality and extraordinary complexity. Great vintages since the 1980's to be on the lookout for in Champagne in general: 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2015 et 2018.
You can find Champagne wines and magnums from Leclerc Briant at Vins & Millésimes as well as other Champagne houses, such as Bollinger, Dom Perignon, Roederer or Charles Heidsieck, and also smaller producers of Champagne, such as Egly Ouriet, Larmandier Bernier, Agrapart, Lahertefreres, Dehours & fils, Ruppert Leroy, Françoise Bedel, R. Pouillon, Eric Rodez, Chartogne Taillet, Selosse, Jacques Lassaigne or Benoit Marguet. Vins & Millesimes always offers the finest in aged wines and grands crus. All of our wines are always in stock and available for delivery.
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