A. Levasseur Rue du Sorbier Brut Nature NV
Champagne Albert Levasseur is a very small grower house set up by David's grandparents in 1944, the diminutive 4.2 hectares of vines farmed by David since 2003. The wine s named after 6, rue du Sorbier, home to the winery since the 1940s (David lives at number 4). Made from organically farmed grapes, majoring in Pinot Meunier (a Marne valley speciality) with some Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and from David's oldest plot, Les Gautelleries, planted in 1973.
Brut Nature when describing Champagne means there's been no added dosage, so it's the driest style. This has also been aged four years on the lees, bringing added richness to the naturally bracing, refreshing taste. Think gingerbread, a wet wool aroma, and a tasty Grüner Veltliner-esque white pepper finish.