A couple months ago we wrote about Champagne Palmer & Company. We were excited to get Palmer because it was new to Georgia. Champagne Labruyere is likewise new to us here at the store and it shares a pedigree with Palmer. Both own Grand Cru Chardonnay vineyards in the Montagne de Reims district of Champagne. The difference for us is that we actually have the Labruyere Grand Cru Page Blanche in the store. Our Palmer is a non-vintage brut which may indicate purchased fruit.
There are 33,500 hectares (76,000 acres) in vines in the Champagne region and they are spread over 319 villages. Only seventeen of those villages have Grand Cr vineyards. For Labruyere their sixty-five year old vineyards lie in the village of Verzenay. That highly esteemed fruit has been destined for Roederer Crystal and Dom Perignon in the past.
Edouard Labruyere owns 6 hectares (15 acres) in Verzenay which he named Chantravesen. He also has holdings in the nearby village of Verzy. Labruyere purchased his Champagne properties because of their similarity to his holdings in Burgundy. Specifically he wanted vineyards that had Burgundian-style vine spacing, density and pruning for the traditional Burgundian vinification.
The Labruyere family hails from the Moulin a Vent region where they have owned Clos du Moulin a Vent since 1868. They also own vineyards in the Cotes d'Or of Burgundy and Chateau Rouget which lies adjacent to Chateau Petrus in Pomerol, Bordeaux.
The taster's description for traditional French Champagne may include complex flavors of buttery brioche, baked apple toast, hazelnut, vanilla and yeast. Two descriptions we found for our Labruyere included "fruity, powerful, smokey and feral" and "perfectly focused, rapier-like in intensity, exuberant and driven." Apparently they have nailed it.
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