No.1 Family Estate, established 1997, is a boutique Methode Champenoise winery, situated on Marlborough’s “Golden Mile” – Rapaura Road. It is the only Marlborough winery specialising in the production of Methode Traditionelle.
Proprietors, Adele and Daniel Le Brun, are committed to producing premium Methode Traditionelle made only in the strictest methods stipulated in the stringent rules laid down by winemaker Daniel Le Brun’s native home, Champagne.
The wines from No. 1 Family Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand, follow the traditions set over 12 generations by a family of winemakers in Champagne, France.
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay.
Farming Practices: Sustainable
Tasting Notes: This release from the family’s winery was held on lees for five and a half years allowing full autolysis displaying a consistent superfine bead, and firm mousse resulting in a typical, complex, champagne-like character, and giving it the title of “Reserve”.
The palate is intensely flavoured and focused with the good fruit-yeast balance providing elegance and style. The extended lees aging has given it extra richness with complex biscuity notes, a well-balanced delicate freshness and a lengthy finish.
“With more than seven years on the lees this is a gorgeously creamy wine in a classic, elegant vein. Despite its super-clean and pervasive autolytic notes which ring long and deliciously with haunting umami notes, this is incredibly fresh, taut, slender. Wow.” - Anne Krebiehl MW, The Buyer 2018
Awards: Glass of Bubbly Awards: Gold
Decanter Workd Wine Awards: Silver
Sommelier Wine Awards: Silver
Sugar Level: 12g/l
Closure: Natural Cork
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