Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs (NV)

Champagne Valentin Leflaive

Champagne Valentin Leflaive represents a unique interpretation of champagne and its grape varietals. Made with extreme precision, each cuvée is a veritable celebration of minerality, finesse and complexity. Extra-Brut Valentin Leflaive is composed exclusively of Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs.

In the vineyard: Grapes from each plot of vines are vinified separately, then the wine is delicately blended with our reserve wines before being bottled and placed in the still depths of our cellars in Avize to mature and acquire its wonderful bubbles.

Vinification: Base wine is from the 2010 vintage. Aged for 10 months in stainless steel (70%) and oak barrels (30%).

Additional Information

An elegant wine with notes of apples and tropical fruits with a hint of toasted bread. Intense and bright, this mouthwatering Champagne is teeming with crisp white fruit and tropical flavors. Perfect to drink now.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Avize, Côte des Blancs
  • Winemaker: Erick de Sousa, Olivier Leflaive
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 91 Points

    JamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
    Date: Monday, September 2, 2019
    "A very complex blanc de blancs that has such rich and toasty aromas of grilled pears, apples and brioche with white mushrooms and a toasted-almond thread. The palate carries a super sleek, fresh and vibrant feel with intense lemons and apples. Spiced-brioche finish. Drink now."
  • Score: 93 Points

    Burghound Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
    "(disgorged September 2015, 7g/L, SRP $75, 4.5 g/L). An elegant and cool nose consists of plenty of yeast and brioche characters that add breadth to the apple, citrus and petrol scents. There is equally good refinement to the intense, pure and lively flavors that are supported by a relatively fine and dense mousse that also shapes the quite dry but not austere finish that possesses outstanding depth. To my taste this is drinking perfectly now and I was impressed."
  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine & Spirits Author: Josh Greene
    Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
    "Working with chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs, de Sousa and Leflaive ferment this in stainless steel, then blend it with 30% reserve wines. It has a similar initial stink as the rose, emerging from that reduction with powerful acidity and some contrasting oxidative notes of cider apples and mushrooms. It's an earthy and rooty chardonnay Champagne, a salty wine built for the dinner table."
    Grade: Year's Best Champagnes
  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
    "Spice and floral accents are aromatic in this bright and mouthwatering Champagne, laced with ripe nectarine and salted almond notes. Offers a sleek, subtle finish. Disgorged February 2015. Drink now through 2019."
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
    "This brilliant wine is the result of a partnership between Erick de Sousa in the Côte des Blancs and Burgundian Chardonnay specialist Olivier Leflaive. It shines with crisp white fruit and citrus flavor, textured with minerality. Bottle age has let a touch of toastiness creep in, making it very ready to drink."

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