David Léclepart - L'Artiste 1er Cru 2013
Certified Biodynamic, Vegan
Trépail, Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France
From the importer-
Base year, 2013. 100% Chardonnay from Léclepart’s estate vineyards in Trépail. Fermented in both enameled steel tanks and used barrels. No dosage. Light yellow; intense aromas of chalk, yellow plum, pear and a hint of biscuit. Medium-full with excellent concentration; a huge mid-palate, outstanding persistence, very good acidity and a powerful finish, that is earthy and pungent. Wonderful varietal purity – outstanding Blanc de Blancs. If not for the bubbles, you might imagine you are drinking a Grand Cru Chablis! This will improve for at least another 10-12 years – and perhaps longer.
David Léclapart is a fourth-generation Champagne house located in the premier cru village of Trépail in the Montagne de Reims. When his father passed away in 1996 and his mother asked him to take over the estate, he agreed to do so only on the condition that he would be able to farm biodynamically. Since the 2000 vintage the estate has been certified biodynamic by both Ecocert and Demeter. David himself biodynamically farms his three hectares of land divided among 20 parcels, guided by the principles of purity, energy, pleasure and ecology.
He believes the creative forces behind biodynamics (water, earth, wind, and fire) work in perfect accordance with his four principles to show how nature expresses itself through Champagne. These practices are continued in the cellar, where there is minimal intervention. Dedicated to transmitting the individual characteristics of each vintage and vineyard into his wines, David does not use any reserve wines, and all of his wines are no dosage.