« 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.
Single grape variety : 100% Chardonnay.
from the 2012 harvest .
Bottled : April 2013.
Ageing in our cellars: minimum of 8 years
before disgorging .
To the Eye : Light gold colour with creamy and persistant
foam accompagnied by a pearl of fine bubbles.
To the Nose : Hawthorn then toasted bread on the second
On the palate: Light floral attack with immediate freshness of citrus fruits followed by notes of complexity of Chardonnay having reached their fullness such as « brioche », or French pastries ending on a lively toasted bread finish.
An ample, harmonious and fragrant « cuvée » with delicacy and persistence.
This « cuvée » can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif, but it is also the ideal accompaniment to prestigious dishes such as Crab, Langoustine, Caviar or Scallops.
Very charming with Picardy sole fillets or a leg of Monkfish with pepper, poultry, veal or even seafood. Best served chilled at 10°C.
The quality of the 2012 harvest was exceptional. Moreover, the existence of Chardonnay is highly unusual for the region, where we find essentially Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.This exceptional grape variety which grows on a Pinot’s soil creates a unique character for our wines that we would love for you to taste !”
We have chosen the special “Symphonie” bottle for our “Heritage” cuvée, which is available each year in limited quantities only. Each bottle is numbered and has been manually dressed with a double neck. The pewter collar can be easily removed to reveal an aesthetic golden sleeve, ideal for a refined service.
As this is one of the oldest wines, the presence of light crystals at the bottom of the bottle remains natural and safe.
« 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