NV Lilbert Fils Champagne Grand Cru Perle Blanc de Blancs$49.99
Lilbert- Fils is based in the Cotes de Blancs, in the village of Cramant. His family has record of living in the village dating back to 1746. Lilbert also has vines in Chouilly and Oiry; retaining property of 3 of the 6 grand cru villages in the Cote des Blancs.To have these vineyard holdings is rare and puts Lilbert in a different category, but he remains humble with the goal of just making great Champagne. Lilbert's Champagnes are also rare in the States due to his very small production and limited exportation. The 'Perle' is the rarest and best of his champagnes coming from all 3 villages vinified separately and blended 2 weeks before bottling its a true masterpiece. All of his Champagnes are turned by hand on the riddling rack and retain a personal touch of the master grower producer Bertrand Lilbert himself.
John Gilman 92+ points - Readers may recall that the “Perle” is Lilbert-Fils’ old vine bottling, made from their oldest parcels in Cramant. It is bottled with five grams of dosage and at a slightly lower pressure than their regular Blanc de Blancs. This bottle is from the same base year of 2013 as the example I reviewed last August, but with a later disgorgement, as this was taken off its fine lees in the summer of 2018, where the previous bottle had been disgorged in fall of 2017. The new disgorgement is really refined, with a beautiful and very precise bouquet of pear, lemon, apple, fresh almond, brioche, chalky minerality and a gently floral topnote of white lilies. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, elegant and very long, with lovely, frothy mousse, excellent focus and grip and a long, understated and complex finish. This is really, really good. (Drink between 2019-2040)