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Champagne P. Lancelot-Royer Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Dualissime Extra Brut Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne P. Lancelot-Royer Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Dualissime Extra Brut Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne P. Lancelot-Royer Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Dualissime Extra Brut Grand Cru NV

This old-school producer in the Grand Cru village of Cramant crafts woefully tiny shares of some of the most food-friendly, overtly delightful Champagne in the world, and we’re the only place you’ll find it in all the United States.

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Flavor Profile: Lemons, brûléed pears, Granny Smith apples, salty chalk, clove, lemongrass, and buttermilk biscuits coated in rich, creamy butter
Time on Lees: 5 years
Dosage: 4 g/L

Why We Love It...

Small, artisan, thoughtful producers? We can’t get enough of them. Michael Chauvet of Lancelor-Royer embodies just that – as the winemaker, farmer, press cranker, riddling master, bottle capper, and disgorgement overseer, this man does it all, and he does it by hand. The fruits of his labor are some of the most limited production, exquisite Champagnes you’ll ever come across. And even better…we have the inside connection to secure every last bottle of this imported stateside. Ultra-limited, rare, and superior Champagne wares – check, check, and check! For well under $100 a bottle, and free shipping on 2 or more, it is on!

This cuvée clocks in at less than 170 cases total production – way below average for even micro-production standards, and that’s because Michel is intentionally old school in his methodology. He chooses winemaking practices that were the norm more than 100 years ago, prior to the invention of many tools and equipment that are standard today in the wine industry. To be sure, it isn’t that we’re anti-technology – in fact, we absolutely see the benefit of many modern winemaking instruments for improving quantities AND quality in a lot of cases. However, can we get behind a producer willing to push the limits of one man using age-old processes and his own tireless efforts to craft a singularly standout Champagne? Absolutely. And is the result an unequivocal win? You bet it is!

This Champagne house is rooted in Cramant (not to be mistaken for Crémant), set in the midst of the Cote de Blancs, a Grand Cru village where Michel Chauvet grew up. This Cuvée Dualissime is named in reference to the two plots sourced for this one, one in avize and the other in Chouilly – two more Grand Cru villages bookending each side of Cramant. The juice is fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks, before undergoing secondary fermentation in bottle and aging on the lees for a total of 5 years. The base cuvée is the 2015 vintage, with 15% of the final blend coming from a perpetual solera-style reserve mixture of past vintages from many decades, adding a richness of complexities to the end wine. Finally, the disgorgement and a delicate dosage of 4 grams/liter finish off the wine to craft something celebratory, vinous, and one of the most food-friendly Champagnes I’ve tasted! 

The painstaking process comes together for an exceptionally layered, full-flavored wine of impressive measures, with a couple of years on the cork tremendously expanding the nuance and complexity of the overall experience. The nose opens with this leesy, creamy, toasty goodness, slowly unfurling to reveal variations of lemon curd, lemon zest, and notes of wet slate. On the palate, more lemons and some bruleed pear dance alongside salty chalk, warm clove, lemongrass, tart green apples, and buttermilk biscuits coated in rich, creamy butter. Oh, this is one magnificent Champagne – ever the zippy, creamy, and dreamy drinker with glorious spice and minerality throughout! It’s one I would heartily recommend not passing up, however you can make that happen! You’ll be delighted to have it alongside your next celebratory meal...or many meals to come!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Côte des Blancs
Varietal: Chardonnay
Winemaker: Michel Chauvet
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 166
Pair it with: Smoked salmon with lemon ricotta

About the Producer

Domaine Lancelot-Royer crafts “grower” Champagne, a récoltant-manipulant house that grows its own grapes and makes its own wine all on site. This qualitative difference is crucial for those seeking the ultimate in Champagne flavor and character. All of Michel Chauvet’s vineyards in Cramant are rated 100% Grand Cru and are all planted to Chardonnay, as is tradition in the Côte de Blancs.
As Lancelot-Royer is one of the smaller Champagne houses, Chauvet is able to see to every winemaking step himself, performing each task by hand. This dedication to hand-crafted Champagne is evident in the estate’s cellars, a rough chalk cave that was carved out of the rock by hand, chisel strokes traceable on the cool walls. From harvesting to riddling to degorging to bottling, physical labor, not technology, is the rule at Lancelot-Royer.

Champagne P. Lancelot-Royer Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Dualissime Extra Brut Grand Cru NV

$69
$100

Retail

31

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