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Champagne Domaine de Marzilly Champagne Ullens L.P.M. Lot 03 Extra Brut NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Domaine de Marzilly Champagne Ullens L.P.M. Lot 03 Extra Brut NV

Attention to detail from every angle is apparent at this fairly young Champagne house in the Massif de Saint-Thierry – and though owner and vintner Maxime Ullens may be newer to his craft, his exceptional cuvees speak volumes and have caught the attention of both critics and bubbles aficionados everywhere.

$69
$106

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Flavor Profile: Toasted almonds, Granny Smith apple, brioche dough, sea spray, green cardamom, Meyer lemon, ground cherries, raspberry saltwater taffy, and chalk
Time on Lees: 28 months
Dosage: 2.2 g/L
Score: VN92

Why We Love It...

Champagne Ullens has really taken things to the next level. Beyond their artisan-crafted, top-notch Champagne, they’re also grower-producers directly responsible for the day-to-day tending of four hectares, and they painstakingly source their own oak barrels from trees grown on their property sent to the local tonnellerie. This devotion to every angle of their craft is largely uncommon in Champagne, and yet, the considerable efforts continue paying off – as is evident in this gloriously layered, 92-point Extra Brut!

In 2012, when the Belgian-born Maxime Ullens purchased Domaine de Marzilly, in the Massif de Saint-Thierry, he immediately rolled up his sleeves, renovating the château and schooling himself to learn everything he could about producing Champagne. He’s been on the fast track to making a serious name for himself in the world of Champagne, even capturing the prestigious “Winemaker of the Year” award from Gault & Milau in 2020. All of the separate plots are vinified in their unique oak barrels in their ancient stone cellar – with all the work done by hand by Maxime and his small team.

Made from 100% pinot meunier, “L.P.M.” stands both for La Petite Montagne, a landmark north of the city of Reims, in the far northern extent of the Montagne de Reims and for “Le Pinot Meunier” the chosen grape of Champagne Ullens. Fashioned from a single plot, this mostly 2019 wine is vinified and aged in oak barrels for 11 months to increase complexity and texture. This is immediately followed by bottling and aging on the lees for 28 months, with all riddling laboriously done by hand. After disgorgement in December 2022, a final dosage of 2.2 g/l is added.

But, most importantly, the wine! Let’s get to the good stuff, right? Beautifully nuanced and full – with sensations of toasted almonds, baked Granny Smith apple, and brioche dough, plus further accents of sea spray, green cardamom, Meyer lemon, ground cherries, and raspberry saltwater taffy –  all beautifully underscored with a chalky minerality. There’s a lot going on in this wine, and for such a young house, with virtually no prior experience in crafting Champagne (or even growing grapes!)...well, to say we are thrilled about this wine is an enormous understatement. Only a handful of cases to go around, so it is definitely one not to miss!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Pinot Meunier
Winemaker: Maxime Ullens
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair it with: Flank steak with chimichurri and smashed fingerling potatoes

About the Producer

Champagne Ullens began in 2012, when the Belgian-born Maxime Ullens purchased Domaine de Marzilly, in the Massif de Saint-Thierry, Champagne’s northernmost region. He renovated the château and went to school to learn about producing Champagne. Maxime now farms 4 hectares of vineyard on his own land. All of the plots are vinified in oak barrels, and the barrels are made with trees from the local forest, by the Tonnellerie de Champagne of Cauroy-lès-Hermonville.

Champagne Domaine de Marzilly Champagne Ullens L.P.M. Lot 03 Extra Brut NV

$69
$106

Retail

35

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