2013 AR Lenoble Champagne Grand Cuvee Gentilhomme 750ml
A wine rarely made and even more rarely seen but well worth grabbing while you can. Lenoble doesn't make vintage champagne every year - actually, they bottle vintage cuvees only 3-4 times per decade, sometimes less. But in really, really, great Chardonnay vintages, they bottle this - 100% Chardonnay from their best plots in Chouilly. This is the warmest part of the Cote de Blancs, and you'll find that generosity on the nose and palate where lovely golden-toned fruit support layered accents of brioche, toasted hazelnut, bruleed apricot and more. It's an opulent, almost indulgent, wine that begs to be drunk right now paired with rich foods or just good conversation. It will improve for 8-10 years, I think, but I doubt I'll wait.