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2012 Georges Laval Champagne Premier Cru Brut Nature Les Chênes

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Champagne
  • Champagne Premier Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • dream Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 24, 2020 - Gorgeous Champagne that's dry but so full of rich fruit that it doesn't really come off that dry. Perfect intensity with crunchy acids and a long, round, complex, mineral-driven finish. A complete Champagne and definitely still on the upswing. At Wu's Grower Champagne Dinner.

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  • learningandenjoying Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 12, 2020 - B60; G20; Burg Bowls; 4.5*+9+4.5+9+9+5+5=96. Drank '12 side by side with '11 and the '12 is much more complex and better overall. Medium gold color. Rich, almost smoky, earthy nose (very different from the '11), good floral (quince) as it opens with rich tropical notes. Mouthfeel is juicy, slightly tight, acidic; phenomenally bubbly, even in a Burg glass! Flavors are still bound-up, but tellingly complex (opened hour+). Finish is more complex and longer, richer than the '11. Balance is perfect and this is going to go untold places - amazing potential. Hold at least another couple of years and drink for the next decade. Do NOT underestimate these wines; give them lots of time in bottle and in glass. The reward is well worth the effort.

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  • Burgundy Al wrote: 93 points

    December 21, 2019 - Enchanting aromas of apple, lemon curd and floral flourishes. Similar flavors come across as powerful and extreme to start. Without food this comes across as slightly harsh, certainly tart, and ending with a long, minerally finish that is nearly bitter. What a difference food makes. The tartness disappears and the richness comes through front-and-center in truly “wow” fashion. DRINK WITH FOOD.

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  • Xavier Auerbach wrote: 93 points

    November 26, 2018 - Annual Bolomey & Sprezzatura Wine Tasting (Restaurant Entrepot, Amsterdam, NL): Trade tasting, brief note. 100% Chardonnay. Impressively deep, an essence of its terroir, uncompromising, very tightly wound but not austere, needs time.

  • acyso wrote: 88 points

    June 27, 2018 - Dinner at Margeaux Brasserie (Chicago, IL): The nose of this is gorgeous -- you can get an intense sense of chalky minerality here, and it's perfectly balanced by some sweet white fruit and a hint of citrus. The palate is where this falls apart though. Would it really be harmful to add some dosage to this? It's too lean and raw -- unbalanced in that there is too much acid. More's the shame since this is clearly a very complex wine with lovely minerality and fruit. I'm not even asking to cut down the acid -- just round out all those sharp edges some. Unlike The Joker of The Dark Knight, I have no desire to swish razor blades around my mouth. End of the day, I still don't get Laval (and probably won't ever), and maintain the estate is one of the most overrated hipster champagnes out on the market today.

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2017, Issue #69, Summer 2017 Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Index

    (Georges Laval “Les Chênes” Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature (Cumières) Disg: 7/16) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Champagne: The 2016 Summer Preview (Aug 2016), 8/1/2016 (link)

    (Georges Laval Brut Nature Les Chênes) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Georges Laval
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Brut Nature
  • Vineyard Les Chênes
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne Premier Cru

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  • In Cellars 84 (63%)
  • Consumed 50 (37%)

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