December 2016 Champagne Review

Champagne Lombard Brut Nature Grand Cru Mesnil-Sur-Oger Blc de Blcs - 94 Pts

This family-owned Champagne house has sourced grapes from one of the finest villages in the Côte des Blancs. The zero dosage is balanced by the ripeness of the fruit and the rich texture. Mineral and flinty, this totally crisp Champagne deserves some bottle age. Drink this bottling disgorged in March 2016 from 2017.

Champagne Lombard Brut Nature Grand Cru Cramant Blc de Blcs - 93 Pts

One of a pair of blanc de blancs from grand cru vineyards, this is a chalky, flinty-textured wine. It is crisp and tight, still young and needing to age. It offers an appealing aromatic character, shot through with citrus and green-fruit acidity. Drink this bottling (disgorged January 2016) from 2018.

Champagne Lombard Brut Nature Grand Cru Verzenay - 93 Pts

This blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims is rich and full in the mouth. It has intense acidity and a firm texture as well as ripe red currant and cherry fruits. It needs time to develop, so leave this bottling (disgorged January 2016) until 2018.

Champagne Lombard Brut Nature Grand Cru Blc de Blcs - 93 Pts

A blend of wine from four Côte des Blancs villages, this is crisp, very dry in the Lombard style while also smooth from the short wood aging. Mineral and tangy, it is a bottling (disgorgement January 2016) that could age a bit longer. Drink from 2017.

Champagne Lombard Brut Nature Grand Cru Chouilly Blc de Blcs - 92 Pts

One of the series of grand cru wines from the Côte des Blancs produced by Lombard, this is rich despite its zero dosage. It is creamy, smooth and has hints of ripe fruit as well as almond and more mature flavors. Drink now.

Champagne Lombard Brut Nature Grand Cru - 91 Pts

Half and half Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this Champagne is bone dry in the Lombard style. It is also rich and full of fruit that balances the dryness with a ripe character. Citrus fruit and a tight line of acidity give a crisp edge. It could benefit from a few more months before drinking, so wait until 2017.

Champagne Lombard Extra Brut Premier Cru Blanc de Noirs - 90 Pts

A rich Champagne produced from Montagne de Reims Pinot Noir vineyards, this is full and textured, hinting at red currants as well as tight citrus acidity. It is full of fruitiness, a ripe wine that is very drinkable now.

Champagne Lombard Extra Brut Premier Cru - 89 Pts

With its light dosage, this is an excellent apéritif style of Champagne. From premier cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs, it is a full, white fruit and citrus-flavored wine that is ready to drink.

Champagne Lombard Brut Rose Premier Cru - 88 Pts

From premier cru vineyards, this wine reflects the dry style that is the hallmark of Lombard Champagnes. It is well balanced, the red fruits and citrus blending stylishly with the acidity and crisp aftertaste. It is ready to drink.

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