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Lété-Vautrain Brut 204

The estate was created in the early 60's by Robert Lété and Liliane Vautrain,who melded their surnames together to create this eponyous brand. Their daughter, Michèle, and their son, Frédéric, inherited the brand and grew it to the beloved powerhouse that exists today. Organic farming techniques and traditional Champagne production methods are used in the creation of this gorgeous grower champagne.

In 2011, the estate was taken over by another Champagne family, the Baron-Fuenté family, a family with long-standing wine-making values in the Marne Valley. Their belief in great Champagne and remaining true to the Grower Producer lifestyle is the driving force behind every great bottle that is made at Lété-Vautrain.

The translucent, deep golden hue of the Lété-Vautrain Brut 204 gives way to initial aromas that are elegant and pure. These are complemented by succulent notes of apple, peach and apricot. In the mouth, this very well-balanced champagne is complex and round. The aftertaste is long, with hints of dried fruits.

Wine Enthusiast, 90 PointsThis is a well-balanced, structured wine. Its great fruit contrasts with the mineral texture, acidity and zesty character. Made with 50% Pinot Meunier, it has a softer side, aided by the ripe finish. Drink now.


NV Henriot Souverain

The son of a wine grower, Laurent Fresnet has won the International Wine Challenge “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” award for two successive years, in 2015 and again in 2016. Laurent arrived for the harvest in 2005 and now encapsulates the Henriot House style in every champagne, with a true expression of terroir. Henriot is a Chardonnay dominant Champagne house, producing some of the finest blancs that are precise, elegant and luminous.

Symbolising precision and balance, fresh and delicious in equal measure, Brut Souverain by Henriot carries the quintessential expression of the great Champagne terroirs. Brut Souverain captures one of the finest examples of pure Champagne expression.

The Brut Souverain blend also contains a small quantity of prestige Cuve 38 Champagne. This wine, made in the style of a perpetual reserve crafted exclusively from Grand Cru chardonnay, is unique to the Champagne House and expresses its quintessential savoir-faire and originality.

94pts Wine Enthusiast: A beautifully fine mousse indicates the class of this finely crafted wine. It has some weight, flavors of green apples, with hints of fresh apricots. There is extreme freshness here, the style dry but rich. This bottling tastes young and would be worth aging six months.

90pts Vinous: Light gold. Lees-accented orchard and citrus fruit aromas are complicated by sweet butter, iodine and smoky minerals. Dry and expansive on the palate, offering lively pear and melon flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of orange pith. Ample but lithe brut, with very good finishing punch and repeating smoke and pear qualities.