One of the great developments in sparkling wines in the last few years has been the emergence of small grower-producer Champagne houses. They offer a level of quality and individuality that the famous Champagne producers cannot rival.. and at a lower price point. Pierre Legras is a small family-run Champagne house that rarely shows up in the United States. The Legras Family is also one of the oldest Champagne families, with a history of winemaking that dates back 10 generations. If you are ever in the region, I strongly recommend visiting them. They are some of the most hospitable vignerons I have met in Champagne.
Their wines are exclusively crafted with Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards; They own about eight hectares of vines in Chouilly, in the Côte des Blancs. Winemaking is traditional, with bottles getting at least two years in the bottle before disgorgement.
Wine Review: Pierre Legras Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
A nose of freshly baked bread and sliced apple. A note of grapefruit lingers for an eternity. On the palate, a bright wave of citrus and a seaside freshness dominate at first. Bubbles are tight and plentiful. Fresh flowers and wild strawberries follow a layer of Italian nougat. The fresh acidity follows into a chalky brilliant finish with notes of biscuit. Drinking great now but can be held for another five years.
Due to it’s brilliant acidity and lightness, this makes for a perfect aperitif wine.