We're all familiar with wineries storing wines in their cellars on ground, but there are wineries that actually store wines under the sea. Due to the difference in pressure, temperature and humidity, wines that were aged in the sea evolve differently to those on land. Leclerc Briant Abyss champagne is one of these examples - the champagnes are placed in cages and submerged into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of northern France after disgorgement for 1-1.5 years. Leclerc Briant was founded in 1872 and was a pioneer in biodynamic viticulture. Sadly when they faced difficulties upon the passing of the 5th generation Leclerc in 2010, they sold off most of their vineyards and it was until 2012 that an American couple purchased and revived the brand. They then hired Hervé Jestin, a famous, talented and experienced winemaker, to be the winemaker at Leclerc Briant, and Frederic Zeimett, who worked on business development for LVMH group for 25 years, as general manager.
Having grown up in the area, Jestin strongly believed that the sea near the small island "Ouessant" would increase the energy of the wine, hence he carefully selected his grapes from Champagne villages which were known for their limestone subsoil and those that offer resonance with the marine sediment in the area to create the cuvee, then submerged the bottled champagne 60 metres down in the Atlantic after disgorgement from 3 years of lees aging, resulting in the creation of the "Abyss" with its first vintage in 2012. He was spot on with his idea and the Champagne turned out to show higher energy and vibrance than that of those aged in the cellars on ground, offering rich and complex flavours such as that of dried apricot, apple, brioche and hazelnut.
The Champagne house has since been buying more vineyards to allow for increase in production volume to match its growing popularity around the globe. Today, we are pleased to offer a small parcel of their 2014 Abyss at only HK$1,480 per bottle. With very limited quantities available, be quick to let us know if you are interested, first-come, first-served as always! -
Leclerc-Briant 'Abyss' Brut Zero 2014
HK$1,480 per bottle
ETA 2-3 weeks
Subject to final confirmation.
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