NV Georges Laval Brut Nature Cumieres 1er Cru, Cumieres (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub-Region: Cumieres
Grape Varietal: Sparkling
Review Score: 92W&S
Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%

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Georges and Nicole Laval gained organic certification for their vineyards in Cumières in 1971; their son, Vincent, came on board in the 1990s and makes the wines today, including this cuvée based on the 2014 vintage. It’s a blend of chardonnay (50 percent), pinot noir (30 percent) and meunier fermented in oak barrels. At first, it feels aggressively naked, with apple and sandalwood notes and nonstop minerality. There’s a cidery side to the flavors that had one taster suggest the wine was “courting hipsters,” but that melds into the mineral tones that emerge with air. It turns fresh and salty, a wine to decant for the Montauk fluke, pickled fennel, trout roe and Thai basil at Four Horsemen in Brooklyn.

92 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2017)