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JM Labruyere Prologue Grand Cru Extra Brut
New Release of One of Last Year’s Best Rated Champagnes
November 4, 2019
Labruyere is back!
One of our best champagne discoveries last year has returned in a new iteration even spicier and richer than before. Last year its incredible qualityfor the price and pedigree made it one of our most purchased champagnes.
Why? It's a micro-estate bottling, made from premium grapes all from a single estate in Verzenay one of the best grand cru villages in the Montagne de Reims. Two thirds Pinot Noir give it body and depth, a third chardonnay a toasty crispness.
Last year Hachette praised it to the skies “"Rich, correct, and clean. The tasters were unrestrained in their praise... Judges appreciated its golden color, its effervescence, lively and creamy at the same time, and even more its entrancing nose; seductive, intense, vinous and buttery with nuances of fruit confiture. Finally its palate is dense and fleshy, expressing both ripe and dried fruits, given length by a beautiful saline acidity. A superb champagne to accompany a meal." They ranked it among the best champagnes released at any price in 2018.
Proprietor Eduard Labruyere is the 6th generation of a winemaking family which owns a highly regarded estate in Moulin-a-Vent. He has acquired Pomerol's Ch. Rouget, and for over 10 years has been the managing partner of Meursault's venerable Jacques Prieur estate. Last year France's authoritative Guide Hachette named him its Winemaker of the year, because of the outstanding quality of Champagne J-M Labruyere
Nadine Gublin supervises the winemaking. She has been making Jacques Prieur burgundies since the 80s. In 1997 she became the first woman the Revue du Vin de France named Winemaker of the Year. Champenoise by birth, with Pinot and chardonnay in her blood, she was tasked to make Labruyere.
Her wine production is impeccable. Late-harvesting and limiting yields make for riper grapes that give the wine greater richness and depth. Only the better quality first run juice is used. Almost 5 years on the lees add dimension (most large brands age theirs 18 to 24 months). The quality of the wine is so good that only a minimal addition of sugar is needed. Extra Brut, it can better reveal both grape and vineyard and then its quality.
Elegance in the wine is reflected by a beautifully elegant label. A number of our corporate customers chose this over one of the cliché champagnes for their holiday giving last year. As a direct import we can offer it at a price comparable to many champagnes of less distinguished quality.
We also have a small quantity of Labruyere Page Blanche, a rare Blanc de Blancs, all Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims.
Alan Meadows, Burghound “easily the most elegant wine in the range with its admirably pure, cool and airy nose that combines notes of Granny Smith apples and petrol with those of white flower, quinine, yeast and a whiff of bakery shop character. The equally pure and much more refined middle weight flavors terminate in an intensely saline and bone dry finish that is sneaky long. The supporting mousse is ultra-fine and overall, this is really lovely stuff that for my taste would benefit from a few more years of bottle age. In a word, excellent.”
Labruyere Brut Prologue Grand Cru Extra Brut
Regularly $55 per bottle, Special through December $50 per bottle
Six bottle case $259, (43.17)
LaBruyere Page Blanche Grand Cru very limited $79
Six bottle case $399, (66.50)
Exclusive at Federal Wine
Order by phone at 617.367.8605, or reserve here: email@example.com
- Len Rothenberg