David Leclapart L’Alchimiste 1er Cru Rose Extra Brut 2008



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100% Pinot Noir. Although his family has been growing vines for four generations, David Léclapart established his small domaine in 1998. He had developed a deep interest in biodynamic viticulture, and when his father passed away in 1996 and his mother asked him to take over the family vines, he agreed to do so only on the condition that he would be able to farm them biodynamically which is still a rarity in Champagne. This was the start of a cult winery that produces only around 15,000 bottles a year. Just minuscule! Léclapart uses no reserve wines, and therefore all of his champagnes are always from a single year, stated on the back label. He also uses Domaine Leflaive oak barrels for all primary fermentation except for Amateur and half of the Artiste, which are in steel tanks. Fermentation is with wild yeast, there is no fining or filtering, sulfur use is minimal, and every bottle, except on very rare occasions, is released without dosage because he believes careful work in the vineyards allows for the right maturity in the grapes. In 2001, Léclapart began making a rosé called L’Alchimiste, from pinot noir vines in the parcels of Le Champ Janvrai, planted in 1957, and in La Fleuranne, planted in 1968, on the southern side of the Trépail vineyard area. He says that it’s neither a saignée nor a rosé d’assemblage: rather, it’s made by macerating the destemmed pinot noir grapes for 24 to 72 hours in large wooden casks and treading the grapes by foot three to four times per day. Though these wines are of extremely high quality, they are also uncompromisingly individual. Even though it is unusual for champagne, I would advise decanting them or otherwise giving them plenty of air, as they can be extremely stern, angular, and wound-up in their youth.

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Weight 4 lbs









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