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  • Country ranking ?

    859
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

ending

Long

flavors

Honey, Mushrooms, Creamy, Floral, Nutty and Spice

nose

Open

taste

Full-bodied

Verdict

Excellent

Written Notes

Not at all as perfectionist with regard to vinification as the 03 and 04, but delightfully pure and vigorous. Store, and hope that I am right. The development in the glass is insane.
  • 93p
2002 l'Apôtre Open and very intense nose with acacia honey, yellow apples, peaches, floral notes, mushrooms and nutty notes. Touch of oaky note when it gets spicy, even more lush and charming with air and ads almond paste and roses. Fantastic nose! Full bodied, intense and creamy with great fruit attack with tropical fruit, passion fruit, guava, Japanese pear, grapefruit, apples, lemon, roses, and nuts, Very long, youthful and grippy finish with hallmark minerals and nuts. Great Champagne! Drink now-2027 94
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Origin

Trépail, Champagne

Grapes

100% Chardonnay

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