The Valentin Leflaive Champagne House stems from the encounter between two people who are passionate about their terroir and well-known in their respective regions, Olivier Leflaive (Puligny-Montrachet) in Burgundy and Érick de Sousa (Côte des Blancs) in Champagne.
Bearing the first name of Olivier Leflaive's son, Valentin Leflaive champagne offers the experience of fine terroir-based champagnes, made with the utmost respect and a perfectly mastered Burgundian know-how.
This Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Mesnil 15 50 by Valentin Leflaive is made from vines that are 20 years old on average and are located in the Côte des Blancs. On a soil composed of chalk and flint, this vineyard benefits from a south/south-east exposure and is poised at an altitude of 150 metres.
Vinification and ageing
The grapes are harvested by hand and pressed in a fractional manner to separate and select the musts which are then vinified in stainless steel tanks.
The grapes used for the production of Valentin Leflaive's Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Mesnil 15 50 stem from parcels classified as Grand Cru of Mesnil-sur-Oger. With a low dosage of 5 g/l, this 100% Chardonnay cuvée contains 12% reserve wines. Drawn in April 2016, this cuvée was disgorged in February 2020. After bottling, the champagne is aged on laths for three and a half years.
In order to be transparent and modern, each champagne by Valentin Leflaive has a special code on its label. The letters define the grape variety and the parcel of land of each cuvée and the numbers indicate the years of the reserve wines used as well as the dosage.
The label of this Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Blancs Mesnil 15 50 by Valentin Leflaive thus specifies that the plots are located near the village of Mesnil sur Oger, 2015 is the year of the base blend and lastly 5.0 g is the dosage of liqueur per litre.
The colour showcases subtle emerald hues.
The nose is precise. The aromatic bouquet blends acidulous notes (lime, tangerine) with empyreumatic notes of gunflint.
The palate hamoniously expresses this wine’s minerality, a typical feature of Mesnil-sur-Oger and its terroir composed of chalk and flint.