David Léclapart
L’Apôtre NV (V13)
Champagne, France
3 Pack

$990.00

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3 bottles of NV (V13) David Léclapart L’Apôtre Blanc de Blancs

This is David Léclapart’s top cuvée, L’Apôtre, is a single-vineyard champagne from the lieu-dit of La Pierre St-Martin. The vineyard was planted by David’s Grandfather in 1946 and the wine is vinified entirely in secondhand barrique from Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy. The wine show old vine concentration, is super complex with tonnes of finesse.

Wonderful depth and complexity present on the nose. Fruits and flowers combine with pasty, toast, brioche. The palate holds wonderful tension with lemon, lime and grapefruit showing strong. Pure fitness and brilliance. One of the great wines of the region. Will reward 10 years in the cellar.

Producer Profile

One of the best bottles of Champagne that I have ever drunk was a bottle of 2002 L’Apôtre I drank with David at his house in 2018. He is a great a grape grower and Champagne maker as he is a good bloke.

His family has been growing grapes for four generations, but it wasn’t until David managed to convince his parents that he was ready to take over control that he started his own label in 1998. From the outset David was certain that biodynamics was the only approach he would take. He farms 22 parcels across the village Trépail and since 2000 they have all been farmed with this approach.

The Montagne de Reims is a diverse wine growing region of Champagne and although it is often thought of as the source of some of the region’s finest pinot noir, true in many cases, the area is also the source of some splendid Chardonnay. As the hill of Reims ‘the Montage de Reims’ moves from having northerly exposer around the villages of Verzenay and Verzy to the south-easterly slopes of Trépail the preference and importance of Chardonnay begins to climb. The Montagne then turns more southerly towards the famous villages of Ambonnay and Bouzy and again pinot noir gains stature.

It’s on these south-easterly slopes of Trépail, the same exposure as the Côte des Blancs, that David Léclapart tends his vines.  Léclapart’s wines are always from a single vintage, as he doesn’t use any reserve wine. The vintage is stated on the back label in code expressed as L.Vxx, where xx represents the last two digits of the vintage (e.g. L.V05 for the releases from 2005). This is due to him not aging his wine long enough to qualify for the vintage designation under the strict AOP regulations.

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Included in this Pack:

3 bottles of NV (V13) David Léclapart L’Apôtre Blanc de Blancs

This is David Léclapart’s top cuvée, L’Apôtre, is a single-vineyard champagne from the lieu-dit of La Pierre St-Martin. The vineyard was planted by David’s Grandfather in 1946 and the wine is vinified entirely in secondhand barrique from Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy. The wine show old vine concentration, is super complex with tonnes of finesse.

Wonderful depth and complexity present on the nose. Fruits and flowers combine with pasty, toast, brioche. The palate holds wonderful tension with lemon, lime and grapefruit showing strong. Pure fitness and brilliance. One of the great wines of the region. Will reward 10 years in the cellar.