Disgorged June 14, 2016

Champagne Lombard Premier Cru Extra Brut NV (Épernay)

The Champagne Lombard non-vintage Extra Brut is a blend of fifty percent chardonnay and twenty-five percent each of pinot noir and pinot meunier. The wine was finished with a dosage of four grams per liter and hails from the base year of 2009, having spent six years of aging in the Lombard cellars. The nose is bright and youthfully complex, offering up scents of apple, white peach, a fine base of soil, fresh-baked bread and a touch of smokiness in the upper register.

On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and focused, with zesty acids, frothy mousse and very good length and grip on the still fairly primary finish. This was only disgorged a couple of weeks before I tasted it, but seemed to be showing no ill effects from its recent disgorgement and really is a quite impressive example, but the possibility exists that it had not recovered fully and may be even better than my score reflects. 2016-2025. 89+.

Disgorged May 2016

Champagne Lombard Blanc de Noirs 1er Cru Extra Brut NV (Épernay)

The Blanc de Noirs bottling of Extra Brut from Champagne Lombard is composed entirely of Montagne de Reims-sourced pinot noir, all from the village of Chigny-les-Roses. The wine is from the base year of 2011 and was finished with a four grams per liter dosage. The bouquet is really lovely, wafting from the glass in a blend of white peach, apple blossoms, patissière, a fine base of saline soil tones and a hint of smokiness to come in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very well-balanced, with a good core, frothy mousse, bright, well-integrated acids and very good length and grip on the soil-driven finish. This is a lovely gastronomic bubbly and is quite well made and elegant in profile. 2016-2025. 90.

Disgorged January 2016

Champagne Lombard Blanc de Blancs “Gr. Cru” Brut Nature NV (Épernay)

The Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs from Champagne Lombard hails entirely from top villages in the Côte de Blancs, with fifty percent of the blend hailing from Mesnil, twenty-five percent Chouilly, fifteen percent Avize and ten percent Cramant. The Mesnil vin clair does not go through malo and the entire blend is aged six months in older casks prior to bottling. The wine spent four years aging sur latte and is from the base year of 2011. The bouquet is deep and complex, offering up scents of pear, delicious apple, brioche, chalky soil tones, a touch of the pastry cream to come and a delicate topnote of spring flowers.

On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and very nicely balanced, with a good core, pinpoint bubbles and a long, focused and nicely precise finish. This is really quite fine today and should age nicely for at least the next decade as well. Impressive juice. 2016-2026+. 91.

Disgorged January 2016

Champagne Lombard “Grand Cru” Brut Nature NV (Épernay)

The Champagne Lombard “Grand Cru” Brut Nature non-vintage bottling is from the base year of 2011 and is a blend of fifty percent chardonnay (from the same villages as above) and fifty percent pinot noir, with all of the grapes hailing from top villages, including Verzenay and Verzy for the pinot noir. The wine was aged four years on its fine lees. The nose wafts from the glass in a really superb blend of white peach, apple, a touch of fresh almond, patissière, really lovely soil tones and a topnote of dried flowers.

On the palate the wine is full-bodied and really deep at the core, with excellent complexity, refined mousse, bright, well-integrated acids and outstanding length and grip on the poised and classy finish. This cuvée is even a touch longer than the Blanc de Blancs version and is a dynamite bottle of Brut Nature! 2016-2030. 92.

Disgorged January 2016

Champagne Lombard “Chouilly Grand Cru” Brut Nature NV (Épernay)

The current release of the Chouilly Brut Nature from the Lombard family is again from the base year of 2011 and was aged four years on its fine lees. The wine is excellent on the nose, revealing a mélange of ripe pear, apple, toasted almond, chalky minerality, brioche and a topnote of lemon blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with lovely focus and grip, elegant mousse, ripe, seamless acids and excellent length and grip on the well-buffered finish. The four years aging sur latte here has really made this impeccably balanced wine a fine drink right out of the blocks. Lovely juice. 2016-2030. 92.

Disgorged January 2016

Champagne Lombard “Cramant Grand Cru” Brut Nature NV (Épernay)

The Cramant Brut Nature bottling in the grand cru village cuvées from Champagne Lombard is from the base year of 2009 and spent fully six years aging sur latte prior to disgorgement and release into the market. The nose shows the ripeness of ’09 to very flattering effect, wafting from the glass in a lovely blend of pear, a touch of fresh apricot, crème patissière, a bit of hazelnut, gentle smokiness and a complex base of chalky soil tones.

On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and a bit broader-shouldered than the Chouilly version, with a rock solid core, brisk acids and slightly coarse mousse. The finish is very long and nicely mineral driven, with impressive grip and focus, but overall, it is not as polished (today?) as the Chouilly cuvée, despite hailing from the superior base year. More bottle age will certainly assist here in adding a bit more elegance, and five years down the road, my score may seem a bit conservative. 2017-2030. 88+.

Disgorged January 2016

Champagne Lombard “Mesnil-sur-Oger Gr. Cru” Brut Nature NV (Épernay)

The Champagne Lombard Mesnil-sur-Oger bottling of Brut Nature is base year 2011, like the Chouilly bottling and was aged four years on its fine lees. The bouquet is a touch less developed out of the blocks than the Chouilly, but shows lovely promise in its youthful blend of tart pear, lemon, a touch of menthol, chalky minerality, brioche and white flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tightly-knit today, with a good core, very elegant mousse, beautifully-integrated acids and excellent length and grip on the still fairly primary finish. This needs a couple of years in the cellar to really blossom fully, but it is going to be outstanding when it opens up. 2018-2030+. 92.

Disgorged January 2016

Champagne Lombard “Verzenay Grand Cru” Brut Nature NV (Épernay)

The Champagne Lombard Verzenay bottling is composed of a blend of eighty percent pinot noir and twenty percent chardonnay, with the wine spending four years aging sur latte and hailing from the base year of 2011. The wine offers up a simply superb bouquet of white peach, apple, complex minerality, warm biscuits, discreet smokiness and a touch of dried flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and youthfully structured, with frothy mousse, fine focus and grip, lovely balance and a long, still quite primary finish. Like the Mesnil-sur-Oger bottling, this really deserves at least a couple of years in the cellar to blossom, as the raw materials here are very promising and one just needs to wait for the structure to peel back a bit more. 2018-2030+. 91.

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