Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay
75cl * Organic * Biodynamic * 12% ABV * Épernay, Champagne, France
Each uniquely and naturally barnacle-encrusted bottle of Champagne Leclerc Briant 'Abyss' has spent almost a year submerged under water off the coast of Île d'Ouessant. In one of several experiments with different vessels and environments for ageing, radical cellar master Herve Jestin was inspired by the discovery of a cargo of Champagne that had aged for more than 170 years in the Baltic Sea. In partnership with Amphoris, a company specializing in underwater operations, Leclerc Briant have produced just 5,000 bottles of this bespoke Prestige Cuvée.
An undeniable salinity from the underwater aging process has enhanced the mineral notes of this cuvée, but this is underpinned by a wonderful purity of fruit thanks to the estate's focus on organic and biodynamic viticulture. Founded in 1872 by Lucien Leclerc in the village of Cumière, it was in the hands of Lucien’s great-grandson, Bertrand Leclerc, and his wife, Jacqueline Briant, that the operation was moved to the beating heart of Champagne - Épernay. It was here that the estate took its current name, Leclerc Briant, and started practising biodynamics (one of the first in the region), eventually earning certification in the 1980s.
This unique cuvée will pair simply with a seafood platter or salmon gravlax. Serve between 10 and 12°C.
Drink now to 2035.