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 minimal to no dosage. The blend of the Extra Brut Premier Cru is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (West of Montagne de Reims in La Petite Montagne de Reims. The plots are named Gueux, Villedommange, Jouy- Les-Reims, Coulomnes and Sermier) and 40% Chardonnay (Sourced from Grauves and Vertus in Cotes des Blancs) in Premier Cru classified vineyards.
Champagne Lombard focuses on “selection parcellaire” by isolating every vineyard during the fermentation and aging process, in order to preserve the singularity and quintessence of each terroir. The wine was finished with a dosage of four grams per liter and hails from the base year of 2009. It spends six years aging in the Lombard chalky cellars.
The nose is bright and youthfully complex, offering scents of yellow stone fruits (apricots, peaches, yellow plums), fresh-baked bread and a touch of smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and focused, with zesty notes. Frothy mousse and very good length.
Excellent as a starter, appetizer, or paired with oysters and seafood.