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Champagne Lombard “Mesnil” Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature NV (Épernay) Disg: 3/16

I really like the new release of Champagne Lombard’s Blanc de Blancs from Mesnil-sur-Oger, but this is still a young wine and will need some time in the cellar to blossom from behind its sturdy structural elements.

This is from the base year of 2011 and is a very strong example of this more difficult year. The bouquet is deep and youthful, offering up scents of apple, wheat toast, plenty of smokiness, chalky soil tones and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with frothy mousse, brisk acids and fine length and grip on the youthful and lemony finish.

Without any buffering dosage, this wine is still quite brisk and could do with some cellaring to soften up a bit more. But, it will be excellent when it has blossomed and probably merit a higher score. 2019-2030+. 91+ Pts.

Champagne Lombard Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Nature (Épernay) Disg: Dec. 2016

The current release of Lombard’s Blanc de Blancs “Grand Cru” Brut Nature is from the base year of 2011 and is the same as the bottle I tasted a year ago, with the grapes coming principally from Mesnil-sur-Oger (fifty percent) and augmented by grapes from the villages of Chouilly, Cramant and Avize. The wine spent four and a half years aging sur latte prior to disgorgement.

The wine wafts from the glass in a classic aromatic blend of apple, pear, almond, a touch of pastry cream, chalky minerality and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and nicely balanced, with a deep core, elegant mousse and very good focus on the long and complex finish.

This is a more recent disgorgement than the last bottle I tasted, but it is still the same wine and is a lovely example. 2017-2030. 91 Pts.

Champagne Lombard “Premier Cru” Extra Brut NV (Épernay) Disgorged March 2017

The new release of Champagne Lombard’s non-vintage Extra Brut is from the base year of 2009 and is a blend of forty percent chardonnay and a sixty percent combination of pinot noir and pinot meunier.

The wine was finished with a dosage of four grams per liter and offers up an excellent bouquet of apple, a touch of nectarine, lovely soil tones, fresh-baked bread and a topnote of dried flowers.

On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied, crisp and complex, with a fine core, very good soil signature, pinpoint bubbles and a long, focused and well-balanced finish. The extended aging sur latte has given this wine a lovely layer of secondary complexity and the wine is drinking very well today. 2017-2030. 90+ Pts.

Champagne Lombard “Blanc de Noirs” Extra Brut NV (Épernay) Disgorged July 2016

The current release of Lombard “Blanc de Noirs” Extra Brut is from the base year of 2012 and is composed entirely of pinot noir.

The wine spent more than three years aging sur latte and was finished with a dosage of four grams per liter. The wine offers up an excellent bouquet of white peach, patissière, a fine base of soil tones, dried flowers and a hint of upper register smokiness.

On the palate the wine is crisp, fullbodied and nascently complex, with a good core, slightly coarse mousse, brisk acids and fine focus and grip on the long and complex finish.

This needs just a bit more bottle age to round into prime drinking mode, but it has depth and dimension on both the nose and palate and will be very tasty when it fully blossoms. 2018-2030. 90 Pts.

Champagne Lombard “Premier Cru” Brut Rosé NV (Épernay) Disgorged July 2016

The new iteration of Lombard non-vintage Brut Rosé is composed of a blend of sixty percent pinot noir (ten percent of which is vin rouge) and forty percent chardonnay, with the wine hailing from the base year of 2013 and having been finished off with a dosage of four grams per liter, after resting sur latte for a bit over two years in the cellars.

The wine is a fairly deep cherry color and offers up a fine bouquet of cinnamon, cherry, blood orange, gentle smokiness, wheat toast and a fine base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is young, crisp and full-bodied, with fine focus and grip, pinpoint bubbles and a long, well-balanced and nascently complex finish.

This is still on the young side, but all of the components are here for fine drinking down the road, but it could use another year in the cellar to soften up a bit more and really drink with distinction. 2018-2030. 90 Pts.

Champagne Lombard “Grand Cru Verzenay” Brut Nature NV (Épernay) Disg: June 2016

Lombard’s Verzenay bottling is a blend of eighty percent pinot noir and twenty percent chardonnay and is from the base year of 2012.

I love everything about this wine except its length, as the wine does tail off rather briskly on the finish, despite all the other elements beautifully presented and quite serious. The quite complex bouquet is a refined blend of white peach, apple, patissière, steely minerality, fresh-baked bread and a topnote of dried flowers.

On the palate the wine is pure, focused and full-bodied, with fine depth in the mid-palate, frothy mousse and fine balance on the moderately short finish. This was served right after Lombard’s Mesnil-sur-Oger bottling and the different in backend length was rather dramatic, and I wonder if on its own I might have given it more of the benefit of the doubt in this regard.

It is still a very tasty bottle, but a bit more length on the finish would have made it outstanding. 2017-2035. 89 Pts.

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