N/V Cramant Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Lilbert-Fils (2018 Base Vintage)

N/V Cramant Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Lilbert-Fils (2018 Base Vintage)

Lilbert is a tiny estate, just 3.5 hectares, and their graceful Cramant wines - one of the prized grand cru villages of the Côte des Blancs - are highly sought-after by connoisseurs. This non-vintage grand cru is a blend of 50% 2018 and 50% reserve wine. It has a sea air, briny freshness, and is so quintessentially chalky blanc de blancs on the nose. The palate has a soft mousse (it is slightly lower pressure than mainstream Champagnes) and a salty, fresh length with an agile weight. It is discreet and reserved on first opening, but its reticent refrain opens up with some coaxing. One for the purists.

Critic score
91/100 info
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£40.63
Case, 6 Bottles
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£243.78

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Champagne, France
  • Grape
    Chardonnay
  • Maturity
    Ready 2022 - 2030info
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Sparkling
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    12%

Tasting notes

The latest rendition of Lilbert's NV Grand Cru Cramant Blanc de Blancs was disgorged in spring 2019 with a low three grams per liter dosage. It's based on the 2016 vintage, complemented by 50% reserve wines. Offering up a crisp and pure bouquet of green apple, wet stones and lemon oil, as well as subtle suggestions of freshly baked bread, it's medium to full-bodied, racy and incisive, with fine depth at the core, a delicate mousse and a chalky finish. This is quite a tender, charming rendition of this cuvée, despite the very low dosage, but as usual it will amply reward some aging on cork.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (April 2020)
91+/100

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