- L. Aubry Fils Brut 1er Cru Nv Product #28947 (In Stock)
From the April, 2014, disgorgement – the point when the Aubry’s removed the yeast from the secondary fermentation and added about 5 g/l dosage. The Wine Advocate review below is for the September 2013 disgorgement, but the extra time on the lees did nothing but make this beauty better!
“Twin brothers Pierre and Philippe Aubry are best-known for their cuvees rendered from the full range of cepages authorized for Champagne; in other words, for their having tracked down, propagated, and showcased the “forgotten” alternatives to the proverbial trio...The Aubrys ought to already be known for perpetrating some of Champagne’s most startlingly distinctive and profoundly delicious wines, period.
With increased acreage and experience, the unorthodoxy of “unknown” cepages has now trickled down to the level of Aubry’s “basic” NV Brut. This contains just one-quarter each Chardonnay and Pinot; 45% Meunier; and a mixture of Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Fromenteau (a.k.a. Pinot Gris). Nearly half of it is reserve wine, and more than half of that from a solera going back to 1998. If that sounds like a recipe for delivering complexity, you’re right and won’t be disappointed! Bittersweet perfume suggestive of gentian and iris mingles with intimations of fresh lime and sea breeze that in turn manifest themselves on a seductively silken palate in both juicy, vivacious exuberance and mouthwatering saliva-inducement. A scallop-like sweetly saline and mineral amalgam takes hold in a vibrant finish that leaves me caught between the urge to linger and the urge to take the next sip. This exceptional value by appellation standards.” Wine Advocate 92 points (for 2015 release)