"While the Laval family has been growing vines for four generations, Georges Laval began producing estate-bottled champagne in 1971. His son Vincent joined the estate after finishing his studies in 1991, and has been in charge of the cellars since 1996. Laval’s vineyard holdings comprise just 2.5 hectares. Average vine age is over 30 years, and the oldest vines of the estate are over 70 years of age. The Lavals have been practicing organic viticulture since 1971, certified by Ecocert. “It’s a little more difficult to work organically than conventionally,” says Vincent Laval, “but it can be done, of course, and afterwards you have a better conscience.” Laval’s wines are harvested ripe and almost never chaptalized, and fermentation takes place in barrel, with indigenous yeasts. The wines are bottled late, usually about ten months after the harvest, and they are neither fined, filtered nor cold-stabilized. While Laval is not against the use of sulfur, he does try to limit its use as much as possible."
Cuvee notes from One Kourt:
"Les Longues Violes a massale selection planted vineyard with Pinot Meunier vines planted in 1947 and Pinot Noir vines that were planted in 1964 and 1984 | the first bottling of this single lieu dit was with the 2012 vintage, 100% Pinot Noir | the wine has yet to be released.
This is the second release of Vincent's top bottling. This just needs time. It opens up a touch green, like fresh snap peas, but slowly evolves giving way to herbal and toasty notes, but this only after an hour. I truly wish I could describe this wine better, but simply put it would require a few years to see its evolution. An exquisite wine that is nearly indescribable with yes, the price point to match."