Grand Brut Rilly
« 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 limestone subsoil.
High Environmental Quality and Sustainable Viticulture.
Traditional Massal Selection.
To the eye: Discreet mousse, yellow color with copperytints. Fine and beady bubbles.
To the Nose: Citrus and hawthorn.
On the palate: Lively and light attack, then ample and generous in the mouth. Aromas of apples and honey with a dash of grapefruit or lemon wrapped around a mineral laden core. Persistent freshness.
As an appetizer paired with anything, or more specifically with fish that have a delicate flesh, lobster papillotes with basil, roasted halibut, sea bream tartar, poached turbot with hollandaise sauce, blue trout, lemon marinated salmon, sashimi, and
shellfish such as oysters poached with caviar or with Champagne. It also goes well with goat’s cheese ! Best served chilled at 8°C.
« 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