One of Champagne's best kept Tete de Cuvee secrets, the Liesse d'Harbonville, is incredible. We have offered a few vintages of this stunning Champagne that caused much excitement and sold out very quickly. Today we have another outstanding rendition from Ployez-Jacquemart, 2004, which is the current release from the House. 2004 was an excellent Champagne vintage, and while it doesn't get as much attention as some of the other vintages from the same era, it was a particularly good year for Chardonnay, with Pinot Noir not far behind. A year that shows lovely elegance and, in the hands of Ployez-Jacquemart, a concentrated, complex, and age-worthy version of the vintage. 2004 still shows outrageous freshness with an array of orchard fruit, flowers, bready notes, and minerals delivering a cool and airy feel but with ample power worthy of a Tete de Cuvee. This is easily one of the best examples of 2004 Champagne, and currently, we have the only bottles of this rare Champagne in the USA. See below for more information!
Founded by Marcel Ployez and Yvonne Jacquemart, husband and wife, in 1930, Liesse d'Harbonville is a flagship release from Ployez-Jacquemart, a producer we first learned about over a decade ago. We haven't offered any of the Champagnes from here since that time, and we were long overdue, but there was no better time to get reacquired with this house than now. In the third generation of ownership, granddaughter Laurence carries the torch of this address, staying true to what her grandparents and parents implemented. Since the beginning, Ployez-Jacquemart has been focused on making champagnes of outstanding quality, sparing no expense, and cutting no corners. Their main supply of grapes comes from their vineyards in the premier cru and grand cru villages of Ludes and Mailly, Villedommange, and Vertus. Everything is done by hand with no exception, with sustainable practices and green harvesting if needed. The grapes, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay, are pressed, and Laurence only uses the first pressing or Coeur de Cuvee for her Champagnes, which is the highest quality. Liesse d'Harbonville is the flagship Champagne here and is only made in the best vintages seeing a blend of 70% Chardonnay (Cuis-Bisseuil-Ludes 1er Cru), 15% Pinot Meunier (Ludes 1er Cru), and 15% Pinot Noir (Mailly Champagne Grand Cru), entirely vinified in oak with a blocked malolactic fermentation. The blocked malo allows the Champagne to retain freshness during extended aging in oak, and these Champagnes ten years minimum on the lees aging in the very deep (82 feet below) and cold cellars (50f). Though this takes a long time aging, these wines retain purity and freshness while being very true to the vineyard, allowing the expression of fruit and soil to make it to the glass while being complemented by tremendous winemaking and finished with a 3 g/l dosage. Liesse d'Harbonville is a serious Cuvee and an incredible buy. Most Champagne houses that release something with this much age are usually from an oenothèque program and are quite expensive. This is coming straight from the property and is not a Tete de Cuvee to miss considering the age, pricing, and how well it is showing now while still having incredible potential.