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LAUNOIS

Bernard Launois and his daughter Severine currently operate the Launois estate, the largest grower/producer in Champagne with almost fifty hectares of vineyards. All of their production is chardonnay, but Launois harvests ten days after most growers to get more richness into the grapes, yet without sacrificing chalky minerality in the ultimate flavor. The vineyards are all located in Mesnil, considered the best region for growing resulting in the highest prices for purchased fruit. Bernard doesn't like to use stainless steel for fermentation, opting instead for the enamel-lined iron tanks he's been using for decades. The style of the wines is both lush and electric, but always clean and with pristine focus.

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