The champagne house of Pertois-Lebrun delightfully brings out only Blanc de Blancs Grand Crus champagnes from its home base in the town of Cramant in the aptly named Côte des Blancs sub-region of Champagne. The family owned-house is piloted by two brothers, Antoine and Clément alongside their aunt, Odile, representing, respectively, the fifth and fourth generations of the Pertois and Lebrun families. The Blanc de Blancs champagnes are made exclusively with Chardonnay grapes, a grape variety which grows particularly well in the soil, location and climate of the Côte des Blancs.
The house’s vineyards of nine hectares (some 22 acres) is spread out over the five villages of Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Chouilly, Oiry and Oger, villages that are classified as Grand Cru which can be translated into English as Great Growth designating the level of quality, in this case extremely high. The hand of man plays a major role as well in the making of champagne and here at Pertois-Lebrun, integrated viticulture is the order of the day thus producing qualitative high value grapes. The use of herbicides and insecticides has been totally eliminated in the grape cultivation process. The grapes are hand-picked.
The house regularly brings out superb Grand Cru champagnes, complex and delicate, classic Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Grand Crus. The house has recently released L’Egoïste 2012, a vintage marked by low yields and a nice hot summer. It’s crisp and aromatic and enjoys an excellent aging potential so you can keep it in the cellar for a few more years (but not too long). The champagne joins the house’s other Grand Crus like the L’Ambitieuse or the L’Extravertie.
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