Sapience, which, incidentally, means wisdom in Latin, is launched as the first biodynamic prestige campaign. It is based on cooperation between himself and Hervé Jestin (former source master of Duval-Leroy for many years now with the corresponding service at Leclerc-Briant) and, in particular, some of Champagne’s premier biodynamic growers who contribute the grapes. The Champagne is made from Chardonnay from David Léclapart, Pinot Noir from Benoît Lahaye and Pinot Meunier from Vincent Laval (Georges Laval)!
This is an exceptional bottle of Champagne, and one that warrants a special occasion. The nose is very rich with brown butter, green, fresh-cut grass, aloe, and fresh cream. The wine’s earthiness made us think of Meunier, but in fact the wine has more Chardonnay in the blend. Dosed at 3 grams, the wine is absolutely perfectly balanced and seamless with great, toasty richness and lingering acidity and minerality on the midpalate and finish. A stunning bottle too.