93 Insider Points
'Very Good' -Gault & Millau
Our direct import bubbles that wowed all of us at the tasting panel. This small owner-grower Champagne will teach you just why there's so much buzz in the market about this type of bubbles. Between the pricing and the quality, there's a lot to talk about. The production is very limited, but the attention to detail and finesse of this wine will impress all who try it. Made from an unusual blend of 50% Pinot Meurnier, 25% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, there's a soft, fresh flavor of dried cherries that comes shining through. the round, full mouth of this wine. The mousse is persistant and the wine is delicious. We all felt that it was a can't miss. -PM
Below a protruding foam, a noble nose of apricot, twigs, and dried pineapple, but also a mineral character that brings freshness. The mouth is straight and unadorned, but more than enough for our happiness. -Gault & Millau
Remember when you were the first to find out about a secret? How you just tingled in anticipation, bursting to tell someone, but not sure if you really should? That is the exact feeling that comes across upon first sip of this amazing owner-grower, non-commercialized but oh-so-unbelievably-good Champagne. From one of our favorite Champagne houses, comes this special allocation of Grande Reserve Magnums-- the perfect size to share at your next soiree!
For the sheer fact of that it features notes of apricots, pineapple, integrated with toasted brioche, fine bubbles and a clean finish, it's understandable to want to share. However, the fact that it's a direct import and that is only available in limited qualities, well, you may find yourself wanting to stash away more than one! Crafted from an unusual blend of 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, the NV Champagne Lété-Vautrain Grand Reserve over-delivers on the palate. Impressively round and exquisitely balanced, it showcases expertise of the region, terroir, and varietals.
Inside Fact: Grower Champagnes tend to be more terroir focused, being sourced from single or closely located vineyards around a village.
Fruit-driven, with mouthwatering aromas of stone fruits and tropical fruits, integrated with toasted brioche, it sparkles in the mouth with bright acidity, a mineral edge, and fine, persistent bubbles.
The champagne house Lété-Vautrain was created in the 60’s by Robert and his wife Liliane Lété Vautrain at Chateau-Thierry. On an area of eight hectares, the vineyards of this area extend to the town of Château-Thierry and Essômes-sur-Marne, close to Epernay. Since 2011, the vineyard was taken over by Baron-Fuenté. Their mission: tradition, rigor and passion for a story that has lasted nearly 50 years.
From the winery: We strive to produce champagnes expressive, round and balanced delight the taste buds. They are drawn from three Champagne grape varieties. Pinot Meunier dominant grape in the Marne Valley, gives bouquet and roundness, Pinot Noir, structure and length. Finally, Chardonnay completes the assembly with a touch of freshness and aging potential. Thus, terroir, varietals and expertise allow us to offer champagne to the highest quality.
Pair this Grand Reserve with cold appetizers such as vegetable terrines, fresh goat cheese, seafood, white meat, spicy cuisine, or fruit-based desserts, such as plum tart with or apricot crumble with hazelnuts in the topping.