Old name, new generation: part of Champagne's great future
Husband and wife team Richard Désvignes and Géraldine Lacourte represent part of Champagne’s great future; not complacent on selling on the name of the region alone, this upcoming house is earning repute via a commitment to quality and eye-catching flair via contemporary and striking packaging. The duo took over from Géraldine’s father in 2006, with the family name already well established in Champagne circles.
Based in the premier cru village of Ecueil, the estate is well into the rigorous process of organic certification. Only 2% of Champagne's vineyard is managed organically, the marginal climate rendering this a serious commitment of labour. Thankfully most of Lacourte's 8 ha of vines are within sight of the winery, a major quality advantage given the swift response required to weather events with organic methodology. Additionally, a light tractor with tank-tracks is used to minimize soil compaction.
Yields are far lower than the regional norm, and the wines spend longer on second lees than most domaines’ wines. Raising vinous, nervy and complex wines with all stages of growing and production handled by the estate, Lacourte-Godbillon is an exciting addition for us as our first Champagne offering.
lacourte godbillon terroirs d'ecueil champagne nv
85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay. 2013 vintage with 44 % reserve wines from 2012 and 2011 vintages, from terroirs Écueil 95% and Les Mesneux 5%. This wine sees a minimum 30 months resting on lees before disgorgement, and a dosage of 7g/L.
Quite simply, a gorgeous Champagne and a lovely introduction to the house style. A medium to fine bead with aromatics of vanillin, nectarine and peach fruit. Complex in the mouth and certainly vinous, there's some creaminess, balanced with rocky/flinty underpinnings giving length and complexity. Mouthfilling, and further impressions of Pinot varietal flavours.
A limited number of magnums shipping and available late August.
lacourte godbillon brut rosé champagne nv
100% Pinot Noir including 10% aged in oak barrels. 2012 vintage, 20 % reserve wine from the 2010 vintage, from vines over 45 years of age, dosed at 6g/L.
A fresh style with nice creaminess and underpinnings of brioche and strawberry/red fruit tart. A brush of fruit tannin gives further depth, as is the house style, the fruit and site remains transparent. Not sweet or cloying as other rosé Champagne styles can be, maintains the house style of fruit purity.
lacourte godbillon mi pentes champagne nv
Blanc de Noirs from 100 % Pinot noir. 2014 vintage, 30% reserve wines from 2013 with 20% vinified in oak barrels. Rests 24 months on lees and further time on cork, with dosage at 3g/L.
Meaty, mouthfilling, intense and long, leaves many impressions. Baked fruit tart, rock salt, oysters and hazlenut, with a core of forest berries, baked apple, sweet spices and butter. A clear step up, a wine of definite presence.