Dosnon & Lepage Recolte Noire Brut Champagne

Dosnon & Lepage Recolte Noire Brut Champagne

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A past Wine Access story about Dosnon & Lepage Recolte Noire Brut Champagne

$42 for this Top 100 winery’s “mouthwatering” Champagne, only 35 cases available

Top 100 Winery — Rivaling the Best of the Côte de Blancs

Wine & Spirits magazine just announced its Top 100 wineries of 2017 and today’s Dosnon & Lepage made the list. Perhaps that’s no surprise when you consider the critical praise heaped on their MV Champagne Dosnon & Lepage Recolte Noire Brut. Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast agree it is stupendous — crowning it with 93 points. The former praised its “finely wrought texture and great fruit,” while the latter called it a “mouthwatering Champagne.” Even Antonio Galloni of Vinous hails it as “one of Champagne’s most promising young wineries.” Why? Winemaker wunderkind and co-founder Davy Dosnon ferments the still must of 100% Pinot Noir in just-used Puligny-Montrachet barrels — a trick he picked up from his days working in Burgundy cellars. This innovative tactic yields a brilliantly rich and complex bubbly from the Côte de Bars in Champagne’s south that easily rivals the best of the Côte de Blancs without a hefty price tag.

Dosnon’s no stranger to Avirey-Lingey. He grew up surrounded by its quiet, wheat-dotted hillsides. Although he left for Burgundy to hone his winemaking skills, the call of his peaceful hometown — specifically, its limestone-rich, Chablis-esque Kimmeridgian soils — never relented. He knew he had to eventually return. When he did, he launched Dosnon & Lepage with his childhood friend Simon-Charles Lepage, who had also heard the village’s soothing call from his Paris law offices.

Davy’s combination of out-of-the-box Burgundian craftsmanship and hometown intuition fuel the soul of this Champagne. And since the Côte de Bars is ideally suited to Pinot Noir, given its Sancerre and Chalis-like soils, the result is a breathtaking expression of taut minerality and crisp, vibrant and complex fruit. This is one Brut that’s not to be missed.

Expert Ratings and Reviews

93 Points Wine Spectator, 2015
93 Points Wine Spectator, 2008
92 Points Wine Spectator, 2013
91 Points Wine Spectator, 2012
89 Points Wine Advocate

Customer Ratings

Based on 18 ratings

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