One of Champagne's smallest productions, the wines of Marie Noelle Ledru have reached almost a legendary status over the past decade, almost to the degree of Selosse. These are exceptional, tightly knit, complex, and awe-inspiring examples of the Ambonnay Terroir, which Marie-Noelle crafts entirely on her own from vineyard to fermentation room to bottling. She's a dedicated force in the vineyard as one of the few female viticulturists in Champagne and certainly one of the most praised even though the estate is so small.
Sadly Ledru retired in 2016, and now all the fruit from the vineyards is being sold off by her sisters. Her retirement was a bummer to us when we learned of it six years ago, but with her vineyards reduced to only 2.5 hectares from 6 due to a family dispute and the fact that she was getting older with no one to take over her, it was a challenging but reasonable decision. We were able to taste with Ledru just a year or two before her retirement, and it was a welcoming and warm experience like being at an aunt's house where she generously tasted us on her Champagne. While we miss getting small allocations of Ledru every year, there are still some very rare bottles floating around, and one of the staples is her Blanc de Noirs Cuvee du Goulte which is considered her best wine. An exceptional and energetic Cuvee that shows outstanding complexity and is incredibly light on its feet and balanced Blanc de Noirs. It is a Champagne made for the cellar, and this vintage is a very structured example. A massive 93.5 from CellarTracker, this is a very rare Champagne, and we have the only bottles available in the USA. Prices are only going up here, so this should be considered before it is too late.