Leclerc Briant Brut Reserve
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|Region||France, Champagne, Epernay|
A wonderfully fluid, shimmering straw-yellow colour with brilliant flashes of paler yellow. A lively stream of tiny bubbles that provides a persistent ring of mousse at the top of the glass. All the indications of a wine that is both rich and fresh. The first sensations on the nose confirm the promise on the eye. Aromas of green apple with suggestions of lemon, apricot, clementine and fresh almond, all highlighted by a hint of iodine. As the wine breathes, it reveals notes of blackcurrant, peach, blood orange, fresh grapes, pomegranate and liquorice, plus a hint of aniseed, flint, cloves and juniper. On the palate the attack is rich and fresh with a soft, creamy effervescence. Then comes a full, chewy fruitiness sustained by the persistent tang of citrus fruit. The mid palate revolves around a clay and chalk minerality which lends fullness, fruitiness and a certain voluptuous character as well as adding a distinct bite and length on the tongue. A particularly well judged dosage enhances the chalky structure that brings bold, yet elegant fruitiness before leading on to a delicious finish distinguished by notes of salt and umami. The balance between the mid-palate and the finish imparts concentration and consistency and allows the final sensation of sea breeze and menthol to linger on delightfully. Brut Réserve is an attractive champagne full of vinosity and freshness that make it perfect to serve at parties with full-flavoured dishes such as 'Surf and Turf'. We recommend serving at between 100 and 120 C and suggest the following food matching ideas: Salad of spinach shoots, girolles mushroms, smoked belly-fat pork and crayfish with finely chopped chives Filet of sea bass cooked on one side and served with pan-fried pancetta topped with fennel seeds Grilled, cheese coated oysters with bacon bits, grated celery, ginger, butter and lemon Scallops and pork skewers served with baked vegetable parcels and a cream-based sauce Pan-fried salmon steaks with foie gras served with sautéed asparagus, mushrooms and chives Skewers of lobster or scallops with raw ham Strips of chicken with lobster medallions served poached in champagne with espelette chili Challans duck with creamed turnip and celery leaves.
A fresh Champagne in an easy-drinking style, with sleek acidity defining notes of white cherry, grated ginger and almond blossom. Disgorged October 2019. Drink now. 5,000 cases made, 250 cases imported.