1996 A.R. Lenoble Cuvee Gentilhomme Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

    1996 A.R. Lenoble Cuvee Gentilhomme Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs


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    In 1915 Armand-Raphael Graser moved from Alsace to Champagne in order to protect his family during the War. By 1920 he had moved into an 18th century building, which is still the company headquarters, and started to make champagne under the A.R. Lenoble label. The A.R. came from his initials and Lenoble was a tribute to the nobility of Champagne. The domaine is now run by Armand-Raphael’s great-grandchildren Anne and Antoine Malassagne.

    Maison Lenoble owns some prestigious vineyards which supply about 50% of the annual production of 350,000 bottles. The Chardonnay grapes come from Chouilly, a Grand Cru in the Cote des Blanc, and some of the plots of vines lie in the very best spots – “Les Montaigus,” “Les Cités,” and “Les Aventures.” The Pinot Noir vineyards are in Bisseuil, a Premier Cru in the Montagne de Reims. The Pinot Meunier comes from a South-facing hillside vineyard in Damery, in the heart of the Marne Valley.

    “The Domaine A. R. Lenoble proved to be an exciting discovery. As I have frequently written, one of the more positive developments in Champagne is the number of small domaines that are getting recognition for the high quality of their selections.…particularly those offering wine with a quality/price rapport such as Domaine A. R. Lenoble” (Wine Advocate, #107).


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