No.1 Reine Cuvée is classic Méthode Traditionelle blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. Extended lees ageing and minimal dosage has created a seamless and sophisticated Extra Brut Reserve NV.
Daniel said “I am immensely proud of all the team. They did a great job, starting with Remy and his team in the vineyard, delivering fruit in perfect condition, a joy to work with for Lee and the winemaking crew.”
No.1 Family Estate Winemaker, Lee Dobson said “this is a superb example of Marlborough méthode NV made in the classic Champagne style. No.1 NV méthodes come from a predominant vintage, with a blend of reserve wine from multiple years to keep consistency with the house style. The fruit for the Reine Cuvée was predominantly from vintage 2019.”
“It was an extremely hot year in Marlborough with drought conditions in the region. The fruit from 2019, with harvest led by Remy, was incredible, perfectly clean making it a winemaker’s dream. With very little intervention in the process, the Cuvée Reine is a true expression of the high-quality fruit produced in Marlborough. Patiently waiting four years on lees has resulted in a beautifully balanced and complex wine, the perfect tribute to Daniels mother Reine,” said Lee.
The extended lees ageing has created a charming méthode that is full and rich but retains finesse. Champagne-like characters of brioche and buttered toast are entwined with baked peach and ripe apricot. The pallet is broad with beautifully balanced acidity creating a seamless and elegant méthode that is crisp yet lingers on the taste buds.
|43% Pinot Noir|
|7% Pinot Meunier|
|Winemaker:||Daniel Le Brun|
|Time on Lees:||4+ years|
|Disgorged:||August 2023 ongoing|