Arlaux Champagne Premier Cru, Grande Cuvée
Arlauxs vineyards are all premier cru on the Montagne de Reims and at Robert Parker's famous tasting of non-vintage Champagne, Arlaux knocked the socks off the competition and came first ahead of all the much more expensive Grandes Marques including Bollinger and Taittinger. They don't need to spend big bucks on brand marketing! Most of Arlaux's small production is snapped up by the Michelin-starred restaurants of France with a little left over for us.
Incidentally champagne has been particularly badly hit by the frosts earlier this year and in some cases entire crops have been wiped out, so unfortunately we expect prices to increase possibly quite sharply.
- Esme Johnstone, Co-Founder of FromVineyardsDirect
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 I've 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, it's first-rate fizz and no mistake. And don't just take my word for it. It's 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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