2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne SKU #1178720

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Tasting Notes

Alexandre le Brun is a young, ninth generation winemaker in Monthelon in the Ardenne (Marne) region of Champagne. His family established themselves in Champagne in 1750 and their cellars were built in 1822. We were very pleased to meet him and are very excited to carry his wines.

Staff Reviews

  • Miles Philippe
    By: Miles Philippe
    10/17/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The name does not lie; this is a Fascination! It’s a powerful, slightly saline beast that you can smell rather than see striding upon five legs across a landscape of orchards planted in chalk and seashells, perfuming and air with pleasantries and memories gone by... Poetics aside, this is a very unique and beautiful champagne. If you want something to ponder over, marvel at, and maybe write some poetry with, I cannot recommend this enough.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    10/16/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a unique take on Blanc de Blanc and one of the more complex and intriguing ones on our shelves. Grown in very pure chalk, this wine retains a natural freshness and high acidity. The winemakers does a great job of balancing that by aging his Chardonnay in barrel, to round it out and lend some lovely toasty quality. When Bollinger buys he majority of your fruit, it must mean you are going something right as a growers. He is doing something very right as a winemaker as well.
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    10/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    If, like me, you are big fan of Bollinger, this should be on your short list. In fact, this should just be on your short list. No qualifier. It's just that good. It's nutty, creamy, yeasty, and has a seductively savory edge to the nose (almost like a fine cheese). This is small-production, lovingly produced vintage champagne that stands up in every way to the big name brands. Oh how I'd love to find a bottle of this in my stocking this holiday season.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    10/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the great vintage Blanc de Blancs on our shelf right now, with the richness of a great vintage that’s been barrel aged and the beautiful craftsmanship of the one-man-show Alexandre Le Brun. Creme brulée comes to mind on the bouquet, and on the palate flavors of creamy brioche, baked apples with herbs and a subtle underlying toast. The finish is so long and crisp and display the great minerals of the Sezanne where it is sourced.
  • Cameron Price
    By: Cameron Price
    10/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Alexandre Le Brun is a very interesting Champagne profile. He harvests on 6 acres and 75% of his fruit is sold to Bollinger and what is leftover is made for his own personal label out of his mother’s basement! Don’t be quick to skip over this one though because this may be one of the most intensely aromatic champagnes I’ve ever come across and definitely one of the most interesting. ‘Cuvee Fascination’ gives beautifully savory ‘Cheeseboard’ –like aromas, assorted chesses, nuts and honey. Even bready notes come through and all backed by powerful concentration of acidity and bubbles. In short, this juice made me very hungry.
  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    10/9/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    From only two rows of vines, Alexandre Le Brun has created a deep and toasty Blanc de Blanc that is entirely barrel aged. The first breath in will send aromas of freshly baked broche into your senses. The gentle spice from the oak plays heavenly with the breath and power of wine while the subtle minerality is not lost but gives the wine backbone and direction.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    10/9/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Alexandre Le Brun makes some of my favorite direct import Champagnes, which is partially due to site, (Chouilly Grand Cru, close to Cramant) but also his fastidious approach to winemaking. Relying on cold, slow barrel fermentation, Le Brun creates wines of seemingly endless complexity, and the Fascination is no exception. Mushroomy, leesy, savory aromas lead to a broad palate with hints of caramel that never overpower the delicate minerality of the wine.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    1/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The only problem with this great Champagne is the production- it is only one press load so we can't get very much! This Champagne is all Chardonnay from two long rows in the Monts Aigu parcel of the Grand Cru of Chouilly- right across a small path from Cramant. If you love the high class toast of Taittinger’s Comte de Champagne, this is a bottling that you don’t want to miss. The Chardonnay in this bottle has top notch concentration and texture as well as a complex array of flavors; baguette, succulent nectarine and bright chalk. This wine is labeled as Extra Brut since the dosage is very low, but while it is quite dry, it is not overly austere. It has one of the longest finishes of any type of wine that we carry- truly top notch!
    Drink from 2018 to 2033
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    1/10/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    The perfect celebratory Champagne! A special 2007 release from staff favorite producer Alexandre Le Brun, the "Cuvée Fascination" Blanc de Blancs is an investment well worth it, especially as a gift for more sophisticated palates. Sharp nectarine fruit and chalky minerality sing together through the palate, and the super low dosage makes for a dry yet lingering finish. This is high-quality Chardonnay, taut and linear but still approachable, with electric acid and biscuity leesiness. We’re down to just a few bottles, so get it while you can.
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    10/3/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the loveliest Champagnes I have tasted recently. Precise and exquisite. Blanc de Blancs is my favorite type of Champagne and "Fascination" has everything I love: fresh and bright aromas with hints of brioche and white flowers. Dry, very focused palate with deep, rich flavors of citrus fruit and little bit of toastiness, beautifully balanced with a long mineral finish.
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    4/15/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This vintage bottling is 100% Chardonnay, full of an expressive nose of raisins and apple blossoms. The chalky texture and mineral-driven body are what I really enjoy about this great wine from a small producer. Enjoy — I am sure you will!
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    1/21/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This 100% Chardonnay is organic and has an excellent, clean character. There is some richness mid-palate for complexity and elegance. One of my favorite Champagnes at present!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    1/7/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Young Alexandre Le Brun has to be one of the most exciting winemakers in Champagne right now. His wines have wowed staff and customers alike here at K&L. This wine is hand selected from just two individual rows of Grand Cru Chardonnay vines. The fruit is pressed in one single press load and received 8 long years resting on the lees. As with all of Le Brun's wines there is a knife edge balance of power and delicacy. The textures are fine, the clarity and precision of this wine is simply breathtaking. Compared to some big house, advertising driven, "luxury product" Champagnes the quality here is embarrassingly good for the modest price point.
    Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2036

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