Arlaux Champagne Premier Cru, Grande Cuvée
The house of Arlaux is one of Champagnes best kept secrets, its vineyards are all Premier Cru on the Montagne de Reims, the greatest terroir in the region. Most of its tiny hand-crafted production goes to the finest Michelin starred restaurants around the world, from Paris to Tokyo.
This is champagne of the very highest quality at a price that is far below champagnes of a similar class. Robert Parker a few years ago selected and blindtasted 50 of the best non vintage champagnes on the market and the top 3 in order were: 1. Arlaux Grande Cuvée NV 92 Points; 2. Bollinger Spécial Cuvée NV 91 points; 3. Taittinger Brut Réserve NV 90 points.
How does the wine taste?
A flawless, rich champagne with extraordinary aromatic flavours and great finesse. There is an intense colour of brilliant gold, a delicate nose with aromas of warm croissants and ripe fruit with slightly honeyed notes.
What do the critics say?
"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."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator Magazine
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