Marie-Noelle LeDru, Montagne de Reims, Ambonnay

Marie-Noelle LeDru, Montagne de Reims, Ambonnay The deep, cold cellars beneath the house in the center of the small Grand Cru Village of Ambonnay, where Marie-Noelle LeDru grew up and lives to this day, hold 25,000 bottles poised in pupitres. Twice a day, Marie returns for that all-important quarter turn that slowly eases the lees to their downward-facing point of departure. This is the purest definition of micro-grower Champagne, with all aspects – down to the tiniest detail of viticulture and vinification – performed by Marie-Noelle herself. With just 6 hectares under vine, these wines are as rare as they are robust. The tête de cuvée is the Blanc de Noir Cuvée de Goulté. Powerful and vinous, yet perfectly balanced, this wine may be the ultimate expression of the greatness of Grand Cru Ambonnay Pinot Noir fruit. Full malo for all cuvees because as Marie-Noelle states, “it’s natural.”