Chouilly, the most northern Grand Cru village in the Côte des Blancs, is the birthplace of the Legras-Haas family and the foundation of their wines. The family cultivates 18 hectares of vines in these outstanding hills. With its 35 parcels spread out in almost all of the village areas, the familys estate offers an extraordinary diversity of Chardonnay styles. Chouilly benefits from a primarily Eastern and Northern exposure with gently sloping hillsides and lowlands which impart richness and strength to the wines.
Unlike many houses in Champagne, Legras and Haas insist on using their own estate fruit and supplementing with a little from select growers. It's usually the other way around in Champagne, where bigger producers act as negociants. This Blanc de blancs is 100% Chardonnay Grand Cru from the vineyards of Chouilly, Côte des Blancs, just south of the Marne river where Chardonnay shows its best. L & H is processed in steel with a final dosage of 7 grams per liter.
The family has sought the finest batches of chardonnay from its Chouilly parcels and blended them together in order to reflect the incredible softness of the wines from this village. The Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Chouilly reveals a lightly creamy first sip, rich mid palate and fresh and persistant finish, the signature of an outstanding Côte des Blancs. The aromas intensify in the glass to reveal notes of honeysuckle, citrus and pear underpinned by excellent energy and an aromatic profile always in motion.
"Among the Grand Cru terroirs growing Chardonnay, Chouilly has remarkable characteristics such as fresh acidity and charming aromas of almond, lemon tree, chamomile and pear with hints of fresh butter and pastry. Soft greenish gold color with a creamy necklace of fine, lively bubbles in the glass, Chouilly Blanc de Blancs reveals a joyful personality, and is balanced. It is silky on the palate with a crisp nose of delicate white flowers." Producer Notes.