AR Lenoble is a family owned Champagne house located in Damery northwest of Epernay. The founder Armand-Raphaël Graser came from Alsace and started the company in 1920 selling their Champagnes under the name AR Lenoble. AR he took from his name and Lenoble as a tribute to the noblest drink of them all. It is now managed by the fourth generation with siblings Ann and Antoine Malassagne in control. Currently they have 18 ha including vineyards in the Grand Cru village of Chouilly.
AR Lenoble Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Chouilly 2008 for 44 euro
The Champagne has a beautiful light yellow color and the aroma is full of a balanced composition of minerals, toast and citrus. The taste is heavenly good with aromas that covers the entire palate and staying +60 seconds. Aromas of citrus, mineral, butter and toasted bread is presented in an incredibly good way.
This is a benchmark Blanc de Blancs Champagne with a noble personality and what a fantastic surprise from a producer I have never heard of before. And yet another confirmation of how damn good 2008 vintage is. Really need to visit both the producer and the village of Chouilly next time I'm in Champagne.