In Cramant, a village in the Côte des Blancs they make some of the best champagnes you can get hold of. The exceptional chalky soil and unique microclimate creates the best conditions. For the first time Wineblogg.com had the opportunity to visit the small, but oh so skilled producer Champagne Lilbert. It took some time, understandable because they are fully devoted to production that is done in a very artisanal way.
It all started back in 1746 and today the property is runned by the fifth generation very endearing and humble Lilbert Bertrand, who took over from his father Georges. They only have 3.5 ha with 80% of the vines in Cramant, 30% from Chouilly and 10% Oiry. Only 30,000 bottles per year is produced from each harvest, with an extraordinary quality. Champagnes from Lilbert can be described with the words elegance, finesse, enchanting and long-lived.
Now to their vintage Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006 made from only Chardonnay grapes from my beloved Cramant.
The aroma is breathtaking with the most magical mineral nuances that I have ever experienced. And the taste says it all... A richness that makes me close my eyes and enjoy with immense pleasure. Complex aromas of exquisite saltiness, citrus, sourdough bread, nuts and also a deliciously balanced fruit that covers the palate +60 seconds. By far the best sea food Champagne and top three in all categories. If you want to taste the best of what Champagne can offer, this chosen one has it all.
A true wonder and masterpieces from Maestro Bertrand Lilbert!