- WinemakerClaire Robert and Jean-Baptiste Denizart
- VineyardMesnil (20%), premier cru villages Cuis and Étréchy (60%) and Vitry (20%)
- Aging/Cooperageaged on lees for 10 months with 80% in tank and 20% in older French barrique. Aged in bottle for 2 years
- Residual Sugar3 g/L
- Release DateDisgorged 4/2021
Champagne Andre Robert Blanc de Blancs Les Horizon Grand Cru Extra Brut NV
If you don’t already know Andre Robert Champagne – take note! This small family producer is already one of the top Grower houses in the Côte des Blancs and is set for a meteoric rise in the same vein as the once-unknown Egly-Ouriet. The revered sites of Le Mesnil, Cuis, Étréchy, and Vitry come together here for a spectacular Blanc de Blancs you can’t find anywhere else!
Seriously, we snagged every last bottle brought to these shores by the importer. Andre Robert is one of our greatest Champagne finds of the past decade, and every single bottle we’ve tasted from these artisan producers has simply blown us away. Incredible depth, an authentic sense of place, and supreme balance – these are all characteristics of what you’ll find in every bottle.
The fourth generation of the Robert’s family, Bertrand, still runs the show (with his daughter, Clare, joining him in 2013) carrying on the traditions of his great-grandfather Henri, who began farming the land just after the first World War. Bertrand has never known a life away from the chalky limestone hills of Le Mesnil – his first memories are centered around playing amongst the chardonnay vines and smelling the barrels in the family’s cellar – carved by hand from chalk by his forebears. There is something in these wines that links to the family’s history – as if you can taste a piece of their home, and their style is guided by their generations of careful farming and thoughtful assemblage – all in homage to this land that has shaped them as a voice of the soil itself.
This cuvee is based on the 2018 vintage, with 20% of a 2017 reserve wine from the Premier Cru site of Cuis, just south of Epernay. The rest of the fruit hails from Étréchy and Vitry – also Premier Cru villages nearby, with the finishing touch (and signature Robert style) being granted from the family holdings of some of the best plots of the hallowed Grand Cru site of Le Mesnil. After 10 months aging of the base wine in both vat and barrels, the wine spends two years in bottle on the lees before a judicious dosage of 3 grams/liter. This Extra Brut offering perfectly harmonizes the opulence and weight of the oak barrel influence and ripe orchard fruits with the zip, crunch, and intensity of these chalky, cool sites. Expect an entry of toasted hazelnuts, with cardamom, and Gala apples, followed up by lemon meringue, star anise, mandarin oranges, and an uplifting finish of chipped flint and Meyer lemon. Simply a delightfully complex, immensely pleasing Champagne that will easily compete with the larger house offerings at two or three times the price! We’re the only one in the U.S. who got access to this – and while we don’t like to brag (usually) – this is certainly a wine to gloat about (Neener-neener)! While it lasts!