Champagne Lilbert – Cramant

Tasting with Bertrand Lilbert in Cramant.

Cuvee Reserve Blanc de Blancs 50/50 2008/2007 dosage 7g.
Fresh acidity of 2008 gives this wine remarkable finesse and elegance. Pure and sophisticated – very long – really fine mousse. This makes up 80% of total production. 15 parcels of vines, 60% Cramant, 30% Chouilly and 10% Oiry. 10% of vins clairs are sold to Moet et Chandon.

Cuvee Perle 2007/2008 dosage 5g, 10% of production. Pressure is at 4 atmospheres.
Lovely minerality and chalk, citrus and hints of tropical perfume. Nice acid – long and persistent. More intensity than Reserve – more finesse due to lower pressure.

Millesime 2006 dosage 5g – pure Cramant fruit.
Huge length – floral and stone fruit overtones with pine nuts.All finesse – with subtle mousse – an aloof style – all class – needs time in the cellar- bracing acidity. Great wine.

Bertrand disgorges using a machine but with no ice. He says he saves 1% less wine waste than by using the freezing method.

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