Roger Brun Cuvée La Pelle Grand Cru 2012

With just 3 grams per litre of sugar, this is an extra dry Champagne vinified in 100% old French oak and bottled unfiltered. This is absolutely powerhouse Grand Cru Pinot Noir packed with a density of flavour sufficient to work even main courses. Amazing with seafood. Watch it open up like a table wine.

Wine Specs

Wine Specs

RegionChampagne, France
WineryChampagne Roger Brun
WinemakerPhilippe Brun
Alcohol %12
Size750 mL
BlingTrophy - Glass of Bubbly Annual Awards, Gold Medal, 96pts Champagne XS

Allow us to prattle on a little more about this...

Our newest producer is Champagne Roger Brun and we decided to bring in just 2 of his best champagnes to begin with, his Réserve Grand Cru and Cuvée Des Sires. Both offer a breathtaking intensity of flavour and complexity. The Brun family have been vignerons since prior to the French revolution. Noted Champagne expert and author, Michael Edwards included these two cuvées in the following description “Now on to the exceptional Roger Brun Cuvée that really count … the Réserve Grand Cru is made only from Ay grapes, four fifths Pinot Noir, the rest Chardonnay, with 50% reserve wine … a wine for fine cuisine. Finally, two truly great wines fermented in Oak (including) the Cuvée Des Sires, a classic Ay 70/30 mix of Pinot and Chardonnay, has strength and finesse in equal measure, lemony aromas ceding to butter and toast …

Customer Reviews

Roger Brun Cuvée La Pelle 2012

From the smallest of growers through to the Chef de Caves of the Champagne monoliths, every winemaker knows his or her best plots of fruit. In the case of Roger Brun, it is one tiny plot of Pinot Noir from the family’s holdings on a South facing slope near Ay; destined for their flagship, Cuvee La Pelle.

Vinified in small old Oak casks, the wine is giving the oxidative start to its journey akin to the great wines of Krug and Bollinger, the latter being one of the best-known stars of the Grand Cru commune of Ay. The wine is an unpretentious yet opulent powerhouse, one of the most mouth-filling, layered and complex wines I’ve tried of late.

Where other Blanc de Noirs’ often lack linear, driving acidity and tension (in the absence of Chardonnay), there’s a ‘guitar-string’ line of refreshing crunchiness (NB: 3g/L dosage) to tie in the richer, more robust notes of burnt orange, fig, toasted bread and red currants. A mouth-filling, layered wine evolves to show alluring exotic notes of quince, anise and Chanterelle after being open for 20 minutes. Effervescent, explosive bubbles are replaced with a more subtle, caressing mousse. The 2012 Champagne Vintage is much-anticipated and it appears the hype is well deserved if this is anything to go by. The Roger Brun Cuvée La Pelle 2012 is beautifully made and a reverent nod to the harvest, the place and the Brun family.

A Champagne for thinkers…….. and I hypothesise, the ‘drink of choice’ at the family’s most special occasions. A tongue-in-cheek “caution notice” on the back-label reads, “Warning: a powerfull (sic) champagne to pair with cheese, truffles and not to pop for a first Rendez-vous”. Personality inside and outside the bottle makes this the complete package.

La Pelle is without question, the finest wine made by Philippe Brun and at only marginally more expensive than the Cuvée des Sires, its formidable stablemate (94 points), exceptional value for its price tag too.

96 Points
Steve Dundon, @Champagne XS
Jan, 2019

Steve Dundon, @Champagne XS, 30/01/2019
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