Champagne Grand Cru Blanc "Perle"

NV

Lilbert’s rarest and most sought-after wine, this also comes from all three communes, and is sourced from the best old vines. It is bottled with a lower pressure than the non-vintage classic, making it particularly transparent and mineral.

65% 2013, 35% reserve wines. Disgorged in summer 2016 with a dosage of 5g/l.

 
94 points
"This gorgeous effort begins with a notably restrained nose that only reluctantly offers up shy scents of lemon rind, green apple and cool pear. The refreshing and equally cool flavors are strikingly refined and energetic with an exceptionally fine bead to the supporting mousse, all wrapped in wonderfully authoritative, balanced and focused finish that lasts and lasts. This understated and ultra-pure effort is flat out terrific combining power and finesse. This could easily be enjoyed now but a few more years of bottle age will only add to the depth."
Allen Meadows,
Burghound
92 points
"As readers may recall, the Perle cuvée from Lilbert-Fils is their old vine bottling of Blanc de Blancs that is bottled with a lower pressure than their standard non-vintage Blanc de Blancs Brut NV. It is the house’s most limited release cuvée, as only one hundred and sixty-five cases are produced each year. The current release is a blend of thirty percent 2011, forty percent 2010 and thirty percent 2009 juice. The cuvée is finished with a dosage of five grams per liter. The wine wafts from the glass in a refined blend of lemon, pear, brioche, chalky soil tones, gentle smokiness and a topnote of fresh almond. On the palate the wine is fullish, crisp and very elegant in profile, with a good core, lovely soil signature, light, frothy mousse, bright, nicely buried acids and impressive length and grip on the youthfully complex finish. The lower pressure makes this very, very easy to enjoy out of the blocks, but this wine will also age very well indeed. 2017-2035+."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar

SKU/Code: 
DB0861-NV
Product Line: 
Sparkling
Varietal: 
Chardonnay