Thierry Lombard with his son Thomas / Regional map
The Lombard Estate, situated in the heart of Epernay in Champagne was started in 1925 by Robert Andrieu. This family-owned Champagne house has sourced grapes from one of the finest villages in the Côte des Blancs. The zero dosage is balanced by the ripeness of the fruit and the rich texture.
By the 60's, under the direction of Philippe Lombard, the business had grown remarkably. In the 80's, Thierry Lombard, grandson of Philippe Lombard took over the reins, still keeping up with the family values.
The environment has great importance in the winemaking approach: the grape varieties live and grow in distinct soil types; for each of these the Lombard estate strives to express these different identities.
A rigorous selection of the grapes allows them to offer a mystical discovery of Champagne thanks to a range of 15 cuvees which express the pre-eminence of the best Champagne crus.
After bottling, the wines stay in the hundred-year-old cellar for 2 to 3 years for their Premiers Crus. The Grand Crus are aged for more than 5 years. This ageing process gives the wines their natural balance and reveals all the aromas linked to each terroir and each parcel.
After disgorging, the potential of each cuvee is revealed and the decision is taken as to whether or not the wines will undergo a low dosage or zero dosage, depending on the character of each wine in terms of elegance, complexity and authenticity. I recently had the pleasure of tasting 3 champagnes from their collection.
Brut Rosé Premier Cru
The selection of the grapes for this cuvee has been chosen from the villages classified in the Premier crus, and the Grand Crus. They have been selected for quality and character to elaborate this Premier Cru Brut Rosé. 10% of the Pinot Noir is from the Grand Cru Verzenay. 40 % Pinot Noir Premier Cru Cumières, Sermier, Villedommange 50% Chardonnay Premier Cru Grauves, Vertus.
TASTING NOTES: Elegant subtle palate with savory small red berries that accent the perfume along with cherry tart and mild spices. An ample generous finish completes this savory rosé, clean and fresh and really dry in style.
Extra Brut Premier Cru Blanc de Noirs
100% Pinot Noir coming from the best terroirs and vineyards of the Montagne de Reims. Vines planted on limestone and chalk soils lend a touch of chalkiness and mineral texture to this cuvee. Aged partially in oak barrels and then in bottles topped with real cork, called “methode originale,” in Champagne to allow for more air contact during the aging process.
TASTING NOTES: Balanced, fresh and round. Beautiful golden color with fine bubbles with a touch of vanilla, fresh red berries, and a dry chalkiness on the finish.
Brut Nature Grand Cru
Blend composed of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay. The grapes are sourced exclusively from the Montagne de Reims and the Cote des Blancs with a high proportion of Chardonnay from the Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru. 50 % Chardonnay Grand Cru Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, ChouillyCramant, 50 % Pinot Noir Grand Cru Ambonnay, Verzenay, Bouzy.
TASTING NOTES: Pale yellow robe with golden tints, fine and elegant bubbles. Fresh red cherry on the palate with a touch of hazelnut and orange zest.