Launois Père et Fils

Veuve Clemence Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

9.358 ratings
9.423 pro ratings
Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger, Côte des Blancs, Champagne, France
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Consistently delicious and great value in Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc Champagne.

Fresh, reductive, lively on the palate. Green apple, lemon, lime zest, baguette crust, pineapple, white peach, lanolin, cream, perfect chalk & minerality, yellow & white florals, beautiful acidity and rich polished finish that persists.

Photos of; one of their Grand Cru vineyards, two views of their historical museum of champagne/wine artifacts since it’s beginnings and Launois.

Consistently delicious and great value in Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc Champagne.

Fresh, reductive, lively on the palate. Green apple, lemon, lime zest, baguette crust, pineapple, white peach, lanolin, cream, perfect chalk & minerality, yellow & white florals, beautiful acidity and rich polished finish that persists.

Photos of; one of their Grand Cru vineyards, two views of their historical museum of champagne/wine artifacts since it’s beginnings and Launois.

Jun 9th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

I love Fridays. This is so ridiculously good and just a silly QPR. Happy Memorial Weekend everyone.

I love Fridays. This is so ridiculously good and just a silly QPR. Happy Memorial Weekend everyone.

May 25th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

First course are white cheeses. Perfect Blanc de Blanc.

Love the rich reductiveness, green apple, pineapple, lime, lemon, pineapple, fantastic beautiful chalk, lively acidity and amazing finish.

First course are white cheeses. Perfect Blanc de Blanc.

Love the rich reductiveness, green apple, pineapple, lime, lemon, pineapple, fantastic beautiful chalk, lively acidity and amazing finish.

Mar 9th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Pound for pound, ounce for ounce, the best Blanc de Blanc champagne for the money and then some! IMHO!

All previous notes apply.

Pound for pound, ounce for ounce, the best Blanc de Blanc champagne for the money and then some! IMHO!

All previous notes apply.

Jan 5th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Finishing up the Launois from last night. Always enjoy the experiences of vintage champagne but, simply still like this over the 04 Bollinger RD & the 06 La Grande Dame as well as a number of other producers.

Bright, fresh and live on the palate. Lots of green apple, some golden apple, overripe pineapple, white citrus, white peach, some bruised pear, touch of all spice, caramel notes, volcanic minerals, excellent chalk, sea shell fossils, baguette crust, some ginger & cream soda, jasmine, spring flowers & yellow lilies. The acidity is fantastically lively and the rich, polished, elegant finish goes on nearly endlessly.

Hard to beat even with more expensive champagne price points and a steal at $44.99.

Finishing up the Launois from last night. Always enjoy the experiences of vintage champagne but, simply still like this over the 04 Bollinger RD & the 06 La Grande Dame as well as a number of other producers.

Bright, fresh and live on the palate. Lots of green apple, some golden apple, overripe pineapple, white citrus, white peach, some bruised pear, touch of all spice, caramel notes, volcanic minerals, excellent chalk, sea shell fossils, baguette crust, some ginger & cream soda, jasmine, spring flowers & yellow lilies. The acidity is fantastically lively and the rich, polished, elegant finish goes on nearly endlessly.

Hard to beat even with more expensive champagne price points and a steal at $44.99.

Nov 24th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Just so ridiculously good. I cant believe this is under $45. Previous notes apply.

Just so ridiculously good. I cant believe this is under $45. Previous notes apply.

Nov 4th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

A great N/V Grand Cru Chardonnay Champagne to kick off Hedy’s Plate & Bottle dinner. Always so soft & delicate on the palate. Great reductive style. Green apple, pineapple, citrus, green melon, baguette, beautiful chalkiness & minerality, brilliantly soft acidity with a lovely, long finish. @ Plate & Bottle. Photos of; the view from where Hedy holds her Plate & Bottle dinners. The view from the bottom yard to the third tier where I took the top photo, guests at the dinner and one of Launois’s Grand Cru vineyards.

A great N/V Grand Cru Chardonnay Champagne to kick off Hedy’s Plate & Bottle dinner. Always so soft & delicate on the palate. Great reductive style. Green apple, pineapple, citrus, green melon, baguette, beautiful chalkiness & minerality, brilliantly soft acidity with a lovely, long finish. @ Plate & Bottle. Photos of; the view from where Hedy holds her Plate & Bottle dinners. The view from the bottom yard to the third tier where I took the top photo, guests at the dinner and one of Launois’s Grand Cru vineyards.

Oct 31st, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Rock solid. Nose of; green apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, pear, very light spice, brioche, chalky minerals, and yellow & white lilies. Loads of green apple, golden apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, pear, white peach, touch of spice, quince, brioche, perfect chalkiness, crisp minerals & acidity. The finish is rich and outstanding. Best value in Grand Cru champagne.

Rock solid. Nose of; green apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, pear, very light spice, brioche, chalky minerals, and yellow & white lilies. Loads of green apple, golden apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, pear, white peach, touch of spice, quince, brioche, perfect chalkiness, crisp minerals & acidity. The finish is rich and outstanding. Best value in Grand Cru champagne.

Aug 19th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Love this unbelievable value Grand Cru producer. Lots of green apple, citrus, baguette, good finesse and precision. Brilliant chalk and acidity.

Love this unbelievable value Grand Cru producer. Lots of green apple, citrus, baguette, good finesse and precision. Brilliant chalk and acidity.

1 person found it helpfulNov 25th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Super soft in the mouth, tiny bubbles, great acidity. Green apple, pineapple and beautiful chalk. Soooo...good!!!

Super soft in the mouth, tiny bubbles, great acidity. Green apple, pineapple and beautiful chalk. Soooo...good!!!

1 person found it helpfulOct 8th, 2016