David Léclepart - L'Apôtre 1er Cru 2013
Certified Biodynamic, Vegan
Trépail, Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France
From the importer-
Leclapart's oldest vines in Trepail, fermented in oak, malolactic fermentation is not blocked, no dosage. Golden yellow color, intense and brilliant, with fine and persistent bubbles. On the nose, it opens up a range of yellow and white fruit (golden apple, white peach), fresh herbs, touch of licorice and butter and nuances of grapefruit and orange. On the palate, it produces full-bodied and round and with clear mineral and sour track footprint. The finish is illuminated by a light smoky traces of great elegance, balance and persistence.
David Léclapart is a fourth-generation Champagne house located in the premier cru village of Trépail in the Montagne de Reims. When his father passed away in 1996 and his mother asked him to take over the estate, he agreed to do so only on the condition that he would be able to farm biodynamically. Since the 2000 vintage the estate has been certified biodynamic by both Ecocert and Demeter. David himself biodynamically farms his three hectares of land divided among 20 parcels, guided by the principles of purity, energy, pleasure and ecology.
He believes the creative forces behind biodynamics (water, earth, wind, and fire) work in perfect accordance with his four principles to show how nature expresses itself through Champagne. These practices are continued in the cellar, where there is minimal intervention. Dedicated to transmitting the individual characteristics of each vintage and vineyard into his wines, David does not use any reserve wines, and all of his wines are no dosage.