Brut Extra Reserve
ORIGIN « Premier Cru » from Rilly-La-Montagne, in the « Montagne de Reims » in the « Appellation Champagne ». Average age of the vines : 40 years-old. Clayey-chalky soil with a limestone subsoil. High Environmental Quality and Sustainable Viticulture.Traditional Massal Selection.
WINEMAKING Harvest : September 2015. Blending : 40% Chardonnay associated with 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier. Bottled : April 2016. Ageing in our cellars: minimum of 5 years before disgorging .
TASTING NOTES To the Eye : Light and intense foam, shiny light gold colour, long-lasting and even bubbles. To the Nose: Bunch of linden and narcissus aromas that are discreet at the beginning, with then open little by little. On the Palate: Frank attack, well-structured by the Pinots, then ample and generous in the mouth with a long-lasting length and aromas of apricot and peach, toasted-bread, and with a slightly more liquorice and mineral finish.
FOOD PAIRING As an aperitif, or at the beginning of a meal, for example asparagus with Maltese sauce, artichoke and avocado tapenade, Saint-Pierre fish with sweet spices, custed fish, shellfishs, or creamed-chicken, Champagne rabbit, sweetbread terrine with celery, or differents kind of desserts such as pie. Best served chilled at 8°C.
DISTINCTIVE CHARACTERISTICS Well-balanced and harmonious, this « cuvée » is very easy to taste and goes well with any type of dish. Half bottles are also available.
« This cuvée reveals a rather fine and playful nose of discreet and elegant white fruits, far from an easy exuberance. The palate expresses itself in the same way, with a sparkling and vibrant wine and a millimeter bubble. Great brut. »
Cuvée “Grand Brut Rilly” according to the Guide Hachette des vins 2018
« Beautiful complex reserve with a nose of fine white fruits and almond paste. The palate is in line with this with a clean and complex fruit, a well found balance between vinosity, finesse of bubbles and length. A nice champagne to open for the right occasions. »
Cuvée “Brut Extra Reserve” according to the Guide des champagnes 2019 Gault et Millau
« A full and perfumed cuvée, floral in the mouth, light and round at the same time “… “. The Maurice Lepitre estate is a safe bet in the whole range, guaranteeing exemplary quality consistency and a real attachment to the terroir. Great Art…«
Cuvée ” Heritage ” according to the Guide des vins Dussert – Gerber 2020
«Chardonnay contributes 60% to this blend, with the two black grape varieties complementing it. After five years on laths, the champagne displays a brilliant pale gold color with a lively effervescence. The nose mixes acacia and butter with nuances of evolution recalling hazelnut, candied fruits or macerated in alcohol. The same profile on the palate, where the richness and vinosity are balanced by a beautiful underlying acidity.»
Cuvée ” Brut Extra Reserve “, according to the Guide Hachette des vins 2020
« Created in 1905 by Maurice Lepitre, managed from 1926 by his widow, the property with half-timbered cellars has been managed since 1981 by their descendant, Bernard Milliex. This one exploits 7ha in the Montagne de Reims, not far from the Cité des Sacres.»
About the winemaker, Guide Hachette des vins 2020