N.V. Laytons Brut Reserve

ID:50591NV33
Champagne,France,Champagne Blend
Closure: Cork
3 x Magnum
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Style:Champagne
Organic Status: No Organic Status
55% Pinot Meunier, 42% Pinot Noir, 3% Chardonnay.
Regional
Home of the most famous and (in some cases) best sparkling wine on the planet, Champagne is unusual in Europe in that most of its production in non-vintage (elsewhere seen as inferior) and that it is dominated by branded producers rather than by individual domaines. Although seven varieties are permitted, in practice only three are used, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The region is centred 100km or so to the north-east of Paris and its limestone soils and relative coolness are perfect for producing high quality sparkling wines. Bottle ageing is key to Champagne, allowing for the development of richness and weight. Cheaper wines tend to lack this element and are seldom worth the money.
The producer
First introduced in 1985, this extremely versatile wine has always been blended for Laytons by one of Champagne's leading 'Grande Marque' houses. Although bottled under the Laytons name, this Champagne is also available exclusively from Laytons under the label Rodier Pere et Fils NV. Laytons is proud of the extraordinary quality of this Champagne which is priced considerable lower than many larger branded names and yet is widely acclaimed. 'If you must drink inexpensive Champagne then make it a good one. For years this has been the best of the fine wine merchants own label fizz'. Matthew Jukes.
Winemaking
Classic first fermentation in stainless steel temperature controlled vessels. Mlf blocked. Second fermentation in the bottle before ageing for minimum 24 months.
Tasting Note
Medium lemon colour, fine mousse. The nose has good richness and depth of toasty fruit, showing elements of lemon zest and brioche. The palate is refreshing yet also quite full, with a long and balanced finish developing nice yeasty notes.
Food Matching
An accomplished aperitif champagne, it also has sufficient weight to accompany pan fried white fish and cold meats.
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