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A-R Lenoble

Negociant Manipulant in Damery - Vallée de La Marne

AR Lenoble is one of the rare producers in Champagne that has been consistently family-owned and entirely independent since the very beginning. Sister-and-brother owners Anne and Antoine Malassagne are the great-grandchildren of Armand-Raphaël Graser. They took over in 1993 from their father and in just over twenty years, they have quietly yet confidently transformed AR Lenoble into one of the jewels of the Champagne region. AR Lenoble was the second House in Champagne to be awarded the “Haute Valeur Environnementale” certification as part of a legal measure implemented under French law in 2007 to encourage sustainable development: zero use of chemical fertilisers, zero use of weed killer, drastic limits on the use of phytosanitary inputs to control mildew and powdery mildew in the vineyard, and particular attention to biodiversity and enhancement of the vineyard with hedgerows, orchards, embankments, trees and low walls. All pressing at AR Lenoble is done by us in one of three traditional Coquard presses in Damery. AR Lenoble only uses the "Cuvée" from the first grape press in the making of its wines, never the "Taille". A combination of different vinification vessels are employed so that individual parcels are fermented accordingly in small Burgundy barrels of 225 litres, 5000-litre foudres, stainless steel tanks and/or enamel-lined tanks. Malolactic fermentation is done or not done according to parcel and year. 

AR Lenoble pays particular attention to the ageing of its reserve wines, in particular by conserving them in magnums sealed with natural cork to preserve freshness and develop aromatic richness.
All the wines are aged in historic 18th-century chalk cellars with a constant temperature of 11°C and a humidity level of 85%. 
AR Lenoble was an early advocate of limiting dosage in order to let the terroir express itself purely and precisely. AR Lenoble Brut Nature Dosage Zéro was created for the first time in 1998 and is considered to be one of the first world-class examples of this style of wine.
The Maison is constantly experimenting in an attempt to craft better and better wines each year and have a very empirical approach to winemaking in order to adapt ourselves to the quality of the grapes. Annual production is around 320.000 bottles.