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Champagne Lecomte Pere & Fils Tradition Brut NV

It’s not often that value, quality, and history collide in such a remarkable way for a Champagne – but that’s just what happened here. This Tradition Brut from the long-standing Champagne Lecomte Père & Fils is a summertime showstopper and for 50% off with 93 points, a new entry in the field for this summer’s house bubbly!

$35
$70

Retail

50
Flavor Profile: Green apple, pear, clementine, toasty brioche, summer strawberry, and toasted almonds
Dosage: 7 g/L
Farming Method: HVE Certified

Why We Love It...

Passing hands from father to son for five generations, Champagne Lecomte Père & Fils has been an enduring Champagne house in the Marne since 1859. Their Tradition Brut is a pristine and satiable blend of pinot meunier, chardonnay, and pinot noir grapes entirely from the commune of Vinay – just south of Épernay near Moussy in the Vallée de la Marne. Impeccable quality and a storied house history don’t come around every day for this price point – and we would know! 

Champagne Lecomte Père & Fils is a true family affair. Gaston Lecomte was the originator of this Champagne house in the late 1850s before passing it on to his son, Serge, and his wife, Suzy in the 1960s. Serge’s son, Dosythée, and his wife, Ghislaine (who was also the winemaker), took over the farm in 1992, doubling the estate’s sales by expanding production efforts. Finally, today, their two sons, Jérémy and Fréderic, work for the farm doing everything from tending to the vines to selling the wines. From its origination, the estate has remained focused on tradition while also exploring avenues of modernity in order to craft some of the most excellent Champagnes in the area. 

Harvested from the southern slopes of Vinay, this Tradition Brut is a blend of 80% pinot meunier and 10% each of chardonnay and pinot noir. They call it, “a fresh and fruity cuvée perfect throughout your meals and summer events,” and truth be told, we couldn’t agree more. Summer is practically upon us, and when I tell you this is easily one of my go-to cookout, hang out, and happy hours at home wines of the season, I mean it. With 30% reserve wine from the past several vintages mixed in for enhanced complexity, it aged on the lees for 3 years prior to disgorgement and the addition of a balanced 7 grams/liter dosage to generate an utterly supple and delightfully round Champagne just exploding with lively energy and a toasty, yet bright expression.

Take a stroll through sun-drenched orchards when you steal a whiff of this, as it opens with aromas of fresh green apple, pear, and clementine that expand with classic notes of toasty brioche. The mousse is bouncy on the palate, continuing with the fruit pile-up and adding in some touches of summer strawberry. But don’t think this is just some big fruit bomb – you’ll notice those ripe notes get delectably balanced out by toasted almonds and a tang of minerality and bright acidity that help to shape up this Champagne into something exquisite, remarkably balanced, and all too potable. For the value and resounding quality here, I can’t help but vehemently agree with the final sentence of Tasting Panel’s 93-point review: “Very enjoyable and one to have around by the caseload.” If they say so… or at least a 6-pack, since that gets you complimentary shipping!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Côteaux Sud d’Epernay
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Dosythee and Ghislaine Lecomte
Farming Method: HVE Certified
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Edam and green apple grilled toastie

Champagne Lecomte Pere & Fils Tradition Brut NV

$35
$70

Retail

50

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