Georges Laval Cuvée Garennes Extra-Brut NV
Origin: Champagne, France
Grape: Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Georges Laval is a tiny, artisan estate located in the 1er Cru village of Cumières, close to Ambonnay and Bouzy but with full southern exposure. Vincent Laval makes a miniscule amount of extremely terroir-driven wine. The estate has been organic since 1971. Fermentation takes place in barrel with indigenous yeasts; there is no fining, filtration or cold-stabilization, and minimal use of sulfur.
Produced since 2015, this cuvée is made out of grapes cultivated on a parcel located in Chambercy (20km away from Cumieres) that are blended with the Cumieres reserve wine. Organic farming. Mainly made out of mostly Pinot Meunier and vinified in barrels with low dosage.
Elegant, fruity nose. The palate is round, with lemon peel, grapefruit and a floral character, along with notes of dried pears, hazelnuts and crushed flowers. Bright acidity and amazing balance.