Frédéric Zeimett is the man in charge at Maison Leclerc-Briant. Beforehand, he’d spent 11 years at Moët, 2 at Pommery and was managing director of Michel Chapoutier’s wine empire for 2 years as well, quite the CV! His arrival at Leclerc-Briant followed that in 2012 of two new American owners, Denise Dupré and Mark Nunelly. In 2016, they dedicated 2 million euros to rehabilitating the Clos des Trois Clochers, a villa built in the 1920s, surrounded by 45 ares of premier cru Chardonnay vines... Whereas in earlier years, the Maison enjoyed a peaceful, laid back existence, cultivating their grapes organically, producing well-made champagne, if perhaps a bit lacklustre at times – reliable wines for the organic supermarkets and the like. Yet the new owners saw something else – a beautiful Epernay champagne house founded in 1872 where a philosophy of organic winemaking has reigned since the 1940s! The estate is composed of 8 hectares owned directly, and they buy an additional 15 hectares of grapes each year. Today, they’ve cultivated a sterling image as one of the great organic-chic champagne houses, vinifying grand cru champagnes without sulphur and with zero dosage, and even labelled 100% vegan. It’s no wonder their bubbly is making such a splash!
A Brut Rosé with strong character and a nuanced aromatic palette, with notes of red fruits and spices... Palate: a voyage of flavours from cherries and raspberries to rhubarb, very vinous, fresh and balanced.
Une fine minéralité crayeuse, notes briochées, agrumes, citronnelle, chèvrefeuille. Bouche: structurée, beaucoup de fraîcheur, fruits confits, pure et tendue!
A Champagne made from two prized limestone parcels known for giving iodised, saline wines – even when they’re not aged in the ocean! An exceptional bottle, a festive champagne, perfect with a sea bass caught off the Isle of Ouessant’s Pointe du Raz! A genuine energy drink – better then a round of Thalassotherapy! The Man from Atlantis drinks it for breakfast…