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2013 Launois Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne SKU #1483112

Price: $49.99

Club Price: $34.99
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Tasting Notes

The 2013 Launois Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne is entirely sourced from the mid slope of Mesnil, from old massal selected vineyards planted in the 1960s, except for one perfectly exposed parcel in the Grand Cru of Cramant called La Justice that was planted in the mid-1950s. La Justice, along with two vineyards in Mesnil used for the Launois Special Club, are the mother vines for all of the new plantations that they make at Launois. There is not a clone on the property. While the big ripe vintages like 2012 or 2009 can yield quite exotic wines, the 2013 has produced an electric, mineral driven style on the dry side of most bruts. This is electric, dry, bracing Champagne that goes fantastically well with shellfish. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    In my experience over many years of tasting Launois Champagnes they are always well made, delicious and exciting. The 2013 Launois is full bodied, complex and round, with a creamy core that is focused and integrated. It is dry and tasty and is recommended for fans of vintage champagne.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    Cinnamon and I paired this Champagne with sushi to-go over the weekend from our local favorite Kanpai in Palo Alto, and as usual with high quality blanc de blancs and sushi, it was a great marriage. The producers call wines of this style tout droit or “straight ahead” because of the excellent drive, acidity and chalkiness. This made it go particularly well with the decadent rolls on the table. The wine is super fresh and lively, but has a very nice texture after more than six years on the lees. The bubbles are fine, like one would expect from a vintage Champagne. The surprise was in the length, which I found on par with Launois’ Special Club offering or any tete de cuvee from a big house. This was an extremely easy, maybe too easy Champagne to finish over dinner, but should also keep for another decade or even more.
    Drink from 2020 to 2033


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