Georges Laval

Cumières 1er Cru Brut Nature

Multi-Vintage
Champagne
France
Say It
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Varietals
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Meunier
Out of stock
Qualities
Sparkling Sparkling
Organic Organic
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Palate Character

Balance & Finesse 2 Rich & Full 2 Light & Bright 2 Smooth & Silky 2 Round & Fleshy 2 Tone & Backbone 2 Powerful & Extracted 2 Bright & Crisp 1
Bright & Crisp
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Tasting Notes
GRAPE(S)
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Meunier
Champagne, France
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Chardonnay
33% Shar-do-NAY
Chardonnay may be the most versatile white wine grape, often seen as a blank canvas. It displays various flavors and aromas depending on where it is grown and more specifically, how it is made. It can range in Palate Character from Bright & Crisp to Rich & Full depending on the climate. It is also particularly malleable and highly affected by winemaking choices like as malolactic fermentation, lees stirring, barrel fermentation and ageing practices.
Pinot Noir
33% Pee-NO NWAR
Pinot Noir is arguably the most revered grape variety in the world with origins in Burgundy, France where the best expressions can still be found. Pinot Noir is not only a tough grape to grow, it also shows miniscule differences in terroir arguably more than any other grape variety. Stylistically, it is generally higher in acid and lower in tannin but can vary depending on the location, and winemaking technique. It is very versatile with food, and shows a range of flavor from red and black fruit, floral, spice, earth, and mineral qualities.
Meunier
33% MOON-Yere
Country / State
France
Region
Champagne
Producer
Georges Laval
Winemaker(s)
Vincent Laval
Vintage
Multi-Vintage

Champagne Georges Laval

Cumières, Champagne, France


The Laval family has been growing vines for four generations, selling grapes to the larger houses. But in 1971 Georges Laval began producing estate-bottled champagne which soon became recognized as one of the stand bearers for quality for grower/producer Champagne, once a rarity.


His son Vincent now runs this tiny 2.5-hectare estate. The average age of the vines is 30 years old, with some as old as 70 years of age. A rarity in Champagne, the Laval family has been practicing organic viticulture since 1971.  Only organic compost is used, cover crops are planted in all of the plots, and the Lavals' practice regular tilling to both oxygenate the soil and encourage the roots to grow deeper.  Fermentation takes place in barrel using only indigenous yeasts with resultant win neither fined, filtered nor cold-stabilized. 

You would or should be forgiven if you have never heard of this tiny jewel of an estate.  Not only is it unassuming - you would drive right by it, and given its tiny production, it is not always available, but those in the know actively seek it out because the Lavals' attention to detail in the vineyard and winery yields one of Champagne’s great wines.