Alexandre Le Brun "Tradition" Brut Champagne SKU #1178718

$34.99

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Tasting Notes

Alexandre Le Brun is the smallest producer that we import, or even carry, from Champagne at just 7.5 acres. He only makes wine from half of the grapes he brings in, selling the rest off to négociants--his production is just one thousand cases a year total. This tiny scale allows Alex to do nearly everything himself and his hands-on approach shows through in the finished product. He only uses his own estate fruit for his Champagne, and although small, it is diverse. He farms 22 plots in eight different villages. Among these are the oldest vines that I have ever seen in Champagne, the Meunier of vignes l’etoges in Monthelon were planted in 1902, making them now 113 years old. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    1/15/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    A great Champagne from a small producer. The Le Brun Tradition is full-bodied and round, with a subtle richness. There is a hint of toast and this Champagne is very dry. Great alone, it will also go well with chicken or pork.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    12/31/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    From one of our newest grower-producers. On the drier side, but with remarkable richness and weight. A light toast complemented by ripe pear and apple notes and a hint of cinnamon spice. A terrific introduction to the wines of this exciting young winemaker.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    12/29/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a fantastic tradition to get into for those seeking a richer more decadent Champagne. Alexandre gives big name Champagne houses a run for their money at a fraction of the cost. Wonderful bread aromas on the nose and a serious baked fruit middle with hints of spice. Grab one for celebrations or for food and let it impress you as much as it has impressed us.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    5/8/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    It is medium-bodied Champagne that seems effortless and is very well integrated. This makes a great aperitif, but like many other Champagnes will also make a great partner with sushi.
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    5/3/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Great texture, very expressive fruit and a touch of acids. Well-rounded and full of life, this wine is based on a very lovely vintage of grapes from Champagne, the 2011 vintage. I love this wine too because of it's lower sugars at the dosage stage of production. It's a plus that this wine also spent more time on the lees, up to five months more or so. I love the toasty structure and character this brings to the wine. For a special occasion, friends and family, this is a great bottle of Champagne to enjoy for years to come!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    4/1/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    A finely balanced Champagne, this is all Challah dough on the nose, which leads to a dry, elegant, tasty palate. We like to joke about the recent trendiness of the Aube, or Cotes des Bar, the warmer, southern zone that is closer to Chablis than to Epernay and the rest of Champagne. That said, wines as good as Le Brun's provide serious competition to the established names up north!
  • Dulcinea Gonzalez
    By: Dulcinea Gonzalez
    3/29/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Decadence on a budget! Here's a delightfully rich Champagne with an aroma of a freshly baked baguette, lemons and herbs. It's taste is plush and broad at one end and then fresh and lemony, grapefruity at the other leaving a well balanced round finish. This would be a top pick for an indulgent Champagne breakfast or a simple brunch time toast! Santé
  • Christie Brunick
    By: Christie Brunick
    3/20/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    A new Direct Import for us and I'm in love! This is the perfect Champagne to start out the night with! Although dry, it has a ripeness to the fruit that makes it a great aperitif or sipping Champagne on its own. This will be great for anyone that wants to dive right into our grower Champagne program and see what it has to offer! Great Champagnes for less than you'll find anywhere!
  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    3/4/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Alex Le Brun is one of our newest and most exciting producers we are lucky enough to import here at K&L. Getting to know the style of a new producer means some painstaking, grueling work, having to taste Champagne is pretty tough after all. It was a joy to discover his wines, made in a style that is serious, but not fussy, and absolutely delicious. The Tradition is a joy, toasty on the nose, baked core fruit, with intriguing spice. Bubbly and fresh on the palate with a pleasantly round mouth feel and texture, ending up lengthy and clean.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    2/3/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    This is our newest direct import champagne created by 9th generation winemaker, Alexandre Le Brun. Due to its low dosage, minerals jump out of the glass on the nose. Once you give it a turn or two in the glass, the golden apple fruit peeks out and lets you know that it is there. On the palate, it comes across more fully with rich yellow fruits and bright red cherries. The fullness of the palate is balanced very well by the long finish, which has lingering acidity and minerality. We are very pleased to have Alexandre's wines available for sale, as they are not to be missed.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    1/3/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    This is composed of a third each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier from Mr. Le Brun’s estate, and nearly every wine in this blend has gone through malolactic. This Champagne has a rich bready nose from the over 20 months it has aged on the lees and some very nice savory qualities as well. In the mouth the high quality Meunier gives this wine great roundness as well as some tasty baked apple flavors. The cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir show their stuff on the dry, long finish. It is dosed at 6g/l.
    Top Value!

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