Champagne Lombard is a small family owned Champagne estate located in Epernay, just north of the prestigious Cotes des Blancs. It was founded in 1925 by Robert Andrieu, a farmer coming from Southwest of France. His son-in-law, Philippe Lombard, took over the family estate in the 1960’s. His son, Thierry Lombard, currently manages the estate. The Lombard family owns 10 hectares of vineyards located in the Montagne de Reims, in the Vallée de l’Ardre and in the Cote des Bars. All of the vineyards of the estate are farmed sustainably, some are even in organic conversion. The family is also sourcing grapes from the best terroirs of Champagne among the prestigious Grand Crus of “Mesnil-sur-Oger”, “Avize”, “Cramant”, “Chouilly”, in the Cote des Blancs, “Verzenay” and “Ambonnay” in the Montagne de Reims. The “Caves” of Lombard that are stretching across two levels and adjoining streets over a 1.5 miles have been carved out of the chalk.
Specialized in Premiers and Grands crus, the Lombard family focuses on expressing the identity of each Terroir, with very low to no dosage. This cuvée is made up from 100% Pinot Noir coming from the best terroirs and vineyards of the Montagne de Reims (Chigny-Les-Roses & Rilly-La-Montagne). The vines are planted on limestone and chalk soils, which lend to it a touch of chalkiness and mineral texture.
Champagne Lombard focus on “selection parcellaire” by isolating every vineyard during the fermentation and aging process in order to preserve the singularity and quintessence of each terroir. 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. Disgorged manually “a la volée” after four years aging in the cave of Lombard. (The disgorgement date on the back label).
A lovely bouquet of white peach, apple blossoms, a touch of vanilla, and dry chalkiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very well-balanced, with a good core. Frothy “mousse”, bright, well-integrated acid. Very good lenth and grip on the mineral-driven finish.
This is a lovely gastronomic Champagne! This is the perfect match to terrines and poultry, and is also delicious with cheese such as Chaource or Langres.