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It’s Champagne Time with Pertois-Lebrun

Cheers with the house of Pertois-Lebrun. Photo courtesy Pertois-Lebrun. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

It’s another vintage champagne for the house of Pertois-Lebrun. They have just brought out their Egoiste 2013 vintage a Blanc de Blancs bursting with the great flavor and savor of 100% Chardonnay grapes. It was a late harvest back in 2013, conducted in October after a very hot and sunny summer. The house aged this vintage champagne for seven years before bringing it out for everyone’s favorite champagne time enjoyment. Aged on fine lees, it is fresh and still retains magnificent aging potential.

The Egoiste 2013 vintage Blanc de Blancs from the house of Pertois-Lebrun. Photo courtesy Pertois-Lebrun. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The house’s vineyards of nine hectares (some 22 acres) are 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.

In the vineyard at the house of Pertois-Lebrun. Photo courtesy Pertois-Lebrun. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

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 and one of the house’s favorite year. 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.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
Champagne Pertois-Lebrun
399, rue de la Libération
51530 Cramant – France
+33 (0)3 26 57 54 25
http://www.champagne-pertoislebrun.com

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