2016 Philippe Lancelot Champagne Fine fleur$89.99
We have another rare cuvee from Lancelot, a rising star biodynamic producer. As we mentioned in our previous offer, the Champagnes from Phillippe Lancelot are incredibly rare, and this is the second time we have been able to offer anything from this small Cramant-based producer. Phillippe took over his family, Domaine Y. Lancelot-Wanner, established in 1961 by Phillippe's grandparents. The two had extraordinary holdings in the great villages of Cramant, Chouilly, Oiry, and Avize, as well as in Epernay and Aÿ. Phillippe was born into a world of Champagne and, from a young age, was part of the family tradition, and in 2008 at the age of 28, he assumed complete control. Phillippe was fascinated by Biodynamics and was set on converting the Domaine after trying the Champagnes from Fleury in the Cote des Bar, saying they showed an added energy that regular farming didn't have and began converting in 2012. He is now a complete disciple of Biodynamics, using all the preparations required, and following the lunar calendar.
Biodynamics has unlocked the family parcels that Phillippe works with, many of which have old vines amplifying their expression. An excellent example of his Biodynamic mastery is the 2016 Fine fleur. Fine Fleur is a blanc de Blancs that is sourced exclusively from the village of Chouilly from vines upwards of 75 years old in some plots. This is vinified in older oak barrels and disgorged with a low 2.5-gram dosage. It is a Cuvee that combines both richness and power with precision and elegance and shows gourmand notes with incredible purity of fruit, spice, brioche, and a mineral spine. This is an impressive Blanc de Blancs that can be enjoyed now but has the structure to go a few more years in the cellar. If you follow some of the natural Champagne producers like Marguet, then this is one to check out as one of the rising addresses for Biodynamic Champagne.