Champagne Eric Legrand – Cuvée Extra Brut NV

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Medium deep straw colour, with a rather youthful and vivid mousse. The nose is floral at first, some hints of white flower. Slightly vinous I would say, you have some of the autolysis notes from the lees contact here, some fresh butter and just-about-ripe stone fruit; like white peach and some citrus notes. The palate is on the light towards medium bodied, in terms of weight I would say. Quite dry, probably extra brut, made more in this austere and dry vinous style. With zesty flavours, of ripe lemon, some green apple in there. Acidity is really vital, still quite youthful, giving really a nice lift on the palate. Mousse is well integrated, and the finish is medium toward long. More of what I would call a small grower style. In terms of blend, I think this is displaying more Chardonnay character, in terms of its astringency, in a positive way. It is probably a classic blend, aromatically I get more of that side of the fruit as well. In my mind it is still youthful, however balanced, for its youth, for its good bite, dry refreshing and juicy finish. However it is a Champagne that certainly has a structure to age and develop for several more years.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.