Reverberating with intense, ravishing minerality, Les Robarts 2015 Blanc de Blancs presents a powerful and pristine statement of terroir that is both extraordinary and sublime in its expression and dimension—simply magnifique.
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An outstanding terroir, the vineyard of Les Robarts straddles the border between the Grand Cru villages of Cramant and Avize in the mighty Côte des Blancs. Renowned as one of two sources that make up Champagne Agrapart’s legendary Avizoise cuvée, Aurélien Suenen’s parcel of vines lies at the top of a small hill in the Cramant section of this vineyard. Planted largely by sélection massale (the traditional practice of vineyard propagation with exceptional old vines), the average age of Suenen’s vines is approximately 40 years.
Les Robarts sits on clay-rich soil over upper Campanian chalk, creating a powerful Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) champagne with notable tension, salinity, concentration and an incredibly polished texture derived from pervasive terroir and meticulous winemaking.
The 2015 vintage was aged in a single 20 hL oak barrel for 10 months before bottling, and spent a minimum of5 years on its lees until disgorgement in July 2021. Dosage is set at 2 g/L.
Aromas of fresh, crisp fruit weave gently through threads of manuka honey, emanating an air of promise as the first sip beckons. Luminous and deep, flavours of ripe stone fruit, yuzu and pomaceous fruit perfuse the palate with shimmering, golden purity as the vividly palpable lattice of sapidity intensifies, each crystalline layer of saline minerality more riveting than the last. The finish reverberates long, precisely tuned and radiating with enchantment. Simply magnifique.
Best enjoyed from the Lehmann P. Jamesse, Synergie 60 Ultralight handmade glass.
Enjoy with a classic eggs Benedict for breakfast; crumbed and fried king prawn in a petite brioche roll with herb mayonnaise for lunch; or pan-seared, crispy-skin salmon served with a squeeze of lemon and a side of seasonal asparagus drizzled with hollandaise sauce for dinner—or simply relish Les Robarts on its own throughout the day, savouring each magnificent sip one at a time.