No. 1 Family Estate – 40 years of pioneering Methode Traditionelle in Marlborough
The Le Bruns have a motto: ‘Hearts in Marlborough since 1980, roots in Champagne since 1684” the latter part referring to Daniel’s family’s heritage of winemaking in the Champagne region of France.
2020 marks Daniel Le Brun 40 years of producing Methode Tradionelle in Marlborough, one of the earliest premium sparkling wine producers in the country. No.1 Family Estate is proudly family-owned and still the only winery in NZ specializing in Methode Tradionelle.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
No. 1 Family Estate Cuvée Méthode Traditionelle Blanc de Blancs NV, MarlboroughSparkling Wine from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 08-Sep-2020Bright, lemon with some depth. Bubbles are fine and persistence. The nose is elegantly voluminous, nuances of stonefruit, lemon sherbet, custard pastry, underlying subtle nuttiness. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, the palate is elegantly presented, a concentrated core of peaches, lemon sherbet is with good flavour intensity, broaden by creamy custard and pastry elements, linger to a linear finish. The mouthfeel is filled with creamy mousse and lees ageing details, enriched by subtle nutty notes. The wine flows seamlessly with good energy and bright acidity, in harmony with a small dose of sugar sweetness. This is a poised and refined, Blanc de Blancs style méthode traditionelle with flavours of peaches and lemon sherbet, creamy custard and nuts in harmony on a seamless flow. Match with prawn cocktails and crayfish over the next 3-4 years. 100% Chardonnay, 12% alc. Ages on lees for two years, 6.3 g/l RS. 18.5+/20 pts Sept 2020 RRP $36
No. 1 Family Estate Rosé Méthode Traditionelle NV, MarlboroughSparkling Wine from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 08-Sep-2020Bright, even, peach-pink sunset, the bubbles are fine and moderately persistent. The nose is softly-full, elegantly presented, aromas of red berries, red florals, melded with yeasty-autolysis details and complexity. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, vibrant palate with good depth of flavours. Red berries and red florals are fresh; well-proportionally interweaved with toasty details and creamy autolysis. The palate is lively and flows with good energy along a chalky textured-line, linger harmoniously to a linear, sustained finish. This is an elegant rosé méthode traditonelle with integrated flavours of red berries, red florals, subtle toastiness on a balanced, creamy palate. Match with beef carpaccio and salmon gravlax over the next 3 years. 100% Pinot Noir, 12.5% alc, 7.5 g/l RS, 18+ months on lees, disgorged Dec 2019. 18.5+/20 pts Sept 2020 RRP $47
No. 1 Family Estate Assemble Méthode Traditionelle NV, MarlboroughSparkling Wine from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 08-Sep-2020Bright, straw-yellow with a golden hue, lighter edge. The bubbles are fine with moderate persistence. The nose is softly-full, penetrating ripe stonefruit aromas of peach, nectarine; baked apple and subtle note of citrus. Yeasty autolysis expressed in cream, bread, along with subtle nuttiness. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, the stonefruit and apple has an elegant core, entwined with citrus and subtle pith nuances. Fresh bread, cream and a hint of nuts on the background added complexity. The wine flows on a soft-textured line with good drive, balanced acidity and creamy mousse lend a lingering finish. This is an attractive méthode traditionelle with flavours of stonefruit; autolysis details flow on a good drive and soft-textured line. Match with chicken ballotine and prawns over the next 2-3 years. A blend of 60% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier, aged on lees for 18 months. 12.5% alc, 6 g/l RS. 17.5/20 pts Sept 2020 RRP $32