Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot, NV Tradition, 750 ml
A premier cru, grower champagne produced from biodynamic vines by the Lelarge family since 1930. Fresh, crisp acidity cutting through bright citrus and green-apple flavors.
Very elegant, but perfect for any occasion and pairs well with nearly everything from oysters and sushi to fried chicken and french fries.
Lelarge-Pugeot is an eighth-generation winery in Vrigny, on the rolling slopes of the Montagne de Reims (about 15 minutes west of Reims). It is a real family operation, helmed by the two parents, Dominique and Dominique, and supported by their kids.
The family’s vineyards, which are planted mostly with Pinot Meunier, face northward, offering some protection from the effects of global warming, though Clémence is quick to note that they can now make red wines for the first time in the history of Champagne.
Certified organic since 2014 and biodynamic since 2017, the wines of Lelarge-Pugeot are bright and full of pizzazz, and the family is producing some electric juice—including Nature et Non Dosé, their no sulfur/no dosage cuvée. Truly remarkable fizz all around; Prince Charles would agree.
A historic snapshot of the domaine, Tradition dates back to the mid 80’s. It’s always the same blend: 2/3 Pinot Meunier, followed by Pinot Noir then Chardonnay. After getting their organic certification in 2014, Clemence bugged her dad to reduce the dosage, so it’s dropped from 12g to 5g over the years. The next release will see 3g dosage. Organic farming has allowed more natural sugar in the vines, with more richness and structure.
Vintage: 2013 Harvest (70%) & Reserve Wine (30%)
Grapes: 65%Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay
Style: Sparkling Wine
Alcohol Content: 12% Alcohol by Volume
Age of Vines: 25 years old
Sub-Region or Appelation: Vrigny, Montagne de Reims
Viticulture: Certified Organic 2014, Demeter Certified Biodynamic 2017
Soils: Sandy clay, sandy loam, calcareous marls, clay
Elevation: 400 feet