Laurent Godard Helge Champagne Brut NV
- Rich, complex
Laurent Godard speaks of his family as a clan. His great-grandparents met by chance, fell in love and bought a small plot of land in 1920. This was planted to vines shortly thereafter with the family’s vineyard holdings expanding slightly with each subsequent generation. Laurent himself took over the vineyards in the 1980s and has been focused on producing exceptional Champagne since then.
Helge is the top of the range for Laurent, composed of 60% chardonnay, 20% pinot noir and 20% pinot meunier, all of which is organic. The wine is quite rich and complex, as you’d expect from the reserve of a Champagne house. There is freshness on the nose of course with aromas of white peaches and citrus, leading to a palate of candied lemons, allspice and evident minerality. This is big, bold, celebratory Champagne that’s as much at home at a wedding toast as on the table paired with a buttery seafood dish.
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- 60% Chardonnay 20% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier
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