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  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

The Story

L’Apôtre is the estate's top cuvée — a single-vineyard champagne from the La Pierre St-Martin vineyard, with vines planted in 1946 by Léclapart's own grandfather. The wines are barrel matured in order to match the concentration and intensity of grapes from these old vines. In each vintage, L’Apôtre is known for presenting the greatest complexity and expressiveness of any of the cuvées.

 

Léclapart uses no reserve wines, instead producing each champagne from a specific vintage that appears on the label. Chaptalization was only performed in 2001 and 2007, and the initial fermentation uses only wild yeast. Amateur and half of Artiste are aged in enameled steel tanks, while the rest are matured in oak casks. To stabilize the wines and avoid the use of sulfur, all cuvées undergo malolactic fermentation. The wines remain "sur lie" until shortly before the next vintage's harvest and are filled without fining, filtration or cold stabilization. All champagnes are zero dosage.

Leclapart's wines are notable both for their extremely high quality, yet also an uncompromisingly distinctive nature. They are remarkably pure and nuanced, and express the essence of Trépail. The wines are released relatively young, as Léclapart lacks warehouse space. Ideally the champagnes will be allowed to mature for several years in the cellar before being enjoyed. Decanting is recommended should the champagnes be opened young, as they can be otherwise inaccessible in their youth.

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flavors

Waxy, Mineral, Creamy, Nutty, Buttery and Chocolate

taste

Perfectly balanced and Concentrated

Written Notes

TASTINGNOTE ‘Apôtre kommer från La Pierre St Martin, en vingård platerad av Davids farfar 1946. Vinerna är alltid från en årgång med 1999 som den allra första, men för att läsa ut vilken krävs att man tittar på siffrorna på flaskans baksida. Druvsorterna blandas aldrig utan druvan får fullt utrymme att lysa klart på egen hand. Ett fullkomligt lysande skådespel där åskmullret och pukorna dånar. Vinet är tätt och superkoncentrerat och för tankarna till en Corton-Charlemagne eller Meursault med sin gräddiga och mörka chokladkolestil, smöriga nötighet och fluffiga essensartade lager på lager intensitet. Ljuvligt i dag, monumentalt 2017. Det är en kärleksfull fröjd att följa Davids resa mot toppen.’
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2005 l'Apôtre Quite generous and buttery nose with golden apples, ripe citrus, waxy lemon zest, nuts, graham crackers on a backdrop of richness with butterscotch and dark chocolate. Drops of with more air and takes on a more yeasty expression. Big bodied, intense with creamy mousse and vibrant fruit filled with pink grapefruit, lemons, yellow apples, peaches, roasted nuts and minerals. Very concentrated but perfectly balanced. Great for the vintage! Needs a couple of years to develop. Drink 2015-2028 92p.
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Origin

Trépail, Champagne

Grapes

100% Chardonnay

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 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Cuvée L'Apôtre 2005  ( David Léclapart )

"2005 l'Apôtre

Quite generous and buttery nose with golden apples, ripe citrus, waxy lemon zest, nuts, graham crackers on a backdrop of richness with butterscotch and dark chocolate.
Drops of with more air and takes on a more yeasty expression.

Big bodied, intense with creamy mousse and vibrant fruit filled with pink grapefruit, lemons, yellow apples, peaches, roasted nuts and minerals. Very concentrated but perfectly balanced. Great for the vintage! Needs a couple of years to develop.
Drink 2015-2028
92p."

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 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Cuvée L'Apôtre 2005  ( David Léclapart )

"TASTINGNOTE ‘Apôtre kommer från La Pierre St Martin, en vingård platerad av Davids farfar 1946. Vinerna är alltid från en årgång med 1999 som den allra första, men för att läsa ut vilken krävs att man tittar på siffrorna på flaskans baksida. Druvsorterna blandas aldrig utan druvan får fullt utrymme att lysa klart på egen hand. Ett fullkomligt lysande skådespel där åskmullret och pukorna dånar. Vinet är tätt och superkoncentrerat och för tankarna till en Corton-Charlemagne eller Meursault med sin gräddiga och mörka chokladkolestil, smöriga nötighet och fluffiga essensartade lager på lager intensitet. Ljuvligt i dag, monumentalt 2017. Det är en kärleksfull fröjd att följa Davids resa mot toppen.’"

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