Vincent Laval and healthy soils in Cumières.

A Champagne Dinner with Vincent Laval

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Over the past few years Champagne grower Vincent Laval of Domaine Georges Laval has ascended to a place of prominence in our hearts and minds. Georges Laval (Vincent’s father) converted to organic viticulture in the early 1970s and the estate continues to be one of only a few in Champagne to be certified organic. Though under-the-radar, we think of Laval as a paradigm for low intervention, soulful, yet pristine winemaking in the region. Laval’s wines almost always find balance without dosage, as grapes flourish and ripen in healthy soil. The base wines are raised in barrel, giving them a vinosity that marries beautifully with their intense minerality and high acidity. Vincent, second generation vigneron at this tiny, very special Domaine is not only a super winemaker but an incredibly kind and generous man. Despite that his Domaine is less than three hectares, and that he makes perhaps 10,000 bottles of wine a year, his cellar is open (if you can find it) and he shares the fruits of his labor with a smile. Please join us at 7pm on Tuesday, October 22nd for a four course dinner at Mas La Grillade with Vincent and a selection of his wines. We’ll be pouring 2008, 2009, and 2010-base 1er Cru Cumières, Vincent’s unique foot-stomped Rosé, as well as two of his stunning single vineyard bottlings: 2006 Les Chênes and 2005 Les Hautes-Chèvre. (Fare includes four courses, wine, tax, and gratuity.) We hope to see you there. Santé! -Sophie    

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Laval, Georges NV (2010 Base) Champagne Cumières Premier Cru Brut Nature

Domaine Georges Laval is the epitome of a tiny, artisan estate. The estate is just 2.5 hectares in the 1er Cru village of Cumières, close to Ambonnay and Bouzy but with full southern exposition. Vincent Laval makes a miniscule amount of extremely terroir-driven wine (we are one of the few places in NY offering Laval). The estate has been organic since 1971 and is certified with Ecocert. Fermentation takes place in barrel with indigenous yeasts; there is no fining, filtration or cold-stabilization, and minimal use of sulfur. It is 50% Chardonnay and then split between Pinot Noir and Meunier. This edition of the Cumières is based on the steely 2010 vintage. The wine smells like delicate wildflower honey and fresh cut grass. It's extremely mineral-driven and resonant on the palate, and very chalky on the finish. Brut Nature Champagne lovers dream come true... (disgorged April 2013)  MSB

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