Arlaux Champagne Premier Cru, Grande Cuvée
Whats your favourite wine?"
Working in the wine trade, I get asked this question a lot. My usual answer of Champagne seems a little surprising to some of my friends as they often expect me to mention some of the grand reds,Bordeaux classed growths or Burgundy Crus (which I do also love, to be fair!).
Arlaux Premier Cru is the perfect example of why it makes sense to seek out good growers; owning their vineyards on the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir country) means they have absolute control over how they are tended, and boy does it show! There is an impressive volume and richness of fruit yet it is taut, fresh and with a fantastic array of flavours including toasted brioche, lemon curd and hazelnuts. No wonder this won a blind tasting organised by Robert Parkers the Wine Advocate against many Grandes Marques at much higher prices!
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Jonathan Ray - The Spectator
"I'm acutely aware that we rarely offer champagne in these pages, other than the occasional treat from our beloved Pol Roger (the Speccie house pour), largely because I've never found one that's good enough or well-priced enough. Well, crikey, thanks to Esme Johnstone of fromvineyardsdirect Ive finally now found one. The Arlaux Champagne Premier Cru, Brut Grande Cuvée NV fair knocked my socks off. Produced by the Arlaux family from insecticide-free Premier Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims, its first-rate fizz and no mistake. And don't just take my word for it. Its gloriously honeyed, toasty notes and finest of fine mousses also caught the eye of Robert Parker, no less, who recently placed it top of a blind tasting of 50 non-vintage champagnes. Oh, and by the way, Bollinger was second and Taittinger third, both of which cost a heck of a lot more than this does."
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