Lombard & Cie
Formed in 1925 by Robert Andrieu as the brand Champagne Magenta, it moved to 1 rue des Cotelles in 1936 to acquire larger cellars and has been there ever since. It is now run by Thierry Lombard who is proud to emphasise the family nature of the business.
Their basic production wines are all focused on a fruit driven and fresh approach. All Grand Cru wines are Brut Nature and their push is to show terroir and an increased time on the lees.
The Brut Reference, their basic cuvee, is a 1/3 blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier. 7g/ltr of sugar gives a playful but simple front end. The palate is pleasantly smooth and holds reasonable tension.
The next rung on the ladder holds two Premiere Cru wines; Brut Premier Cru and Brut Premier Cru Rose. The Brut Premier Cru is 50% Chardonnay from Grauves and Vertus and Pinot Noir from the Montaigne de Reims. It sits at 7g/ltr, but Thierry is looking to reduce this. A touch of honey gives a pleasant entry to this wine but sadly the mid to late doesn’t quite back it up.
The Brut Premier Cru Rose is exactly the same blend but with 10% vin rouge. It is a lot more playful with candied notes and an effective balance. I was pleasantly surprised!
The step up in quality really hits with the Brut Nature Grand Cru wines.
Brut Nature Grand Cru is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir from Ambonnay/Verzenay (mostly Verzenay) and Chardonay from Mesnil sur Oger. Although tight on the nose the palate is all Verzenay with oodles of blackcurrant and blueberry.
Brut Nature Le Mesnil sur Oger is, as the name suggests, 100% Mesnil sur Oger mainly from the vineyard of Les Mussette which sits just south of the great Chetillons. Loads of apple, candies, smoke and pepper. It reveals a lovely balance with air and plenty more green apple and powerful acidity but doesn’t blow my mind like I want from this great village.
Brut Nature Verzenay Grand Cru is a surprising blend of 80/20 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay. With a fleshy, sweet nose it hides the blueberry notes you expect from this village, and which you really get in the Brut Nature Grand Cru. It is noticeably dryer on the palate compared to the previous two wines but surprisingly expansive on the mid to late and draws itself in nicely on the finish.
Altogether a reasonable family run house with some good vineyards in the villages of Verzenay and Mesnil.
I await tasting more of their Millesime and Collection wines to pass a real judgement…
Region: La Vallee De La Marne
Contact: Thierry Lombard
Cuvée De Prestige: Champagne Tanagra
Parent Group: Independent
Year Founded: 1925
Bottles produced: 1000000
Style: Fresh, easy drinking
Terroir: Verzenay, Mesnil sur Oger, Ambonnay
Vinification: Steel apart from the prestige cuvee Tanagra which undergoes oak fermentation.
Recent Tasting Notes from Lombard & Cie
Lombard & Cie Tanagra Grand Cru Brut
Tasted:March 11, 2015
Lean style. Opulent orange fruit on the nose. Too cold.read more…
Lombard & Cie Grand Cru Vintage 2008
Tasted:March 11, 2015
Hugely Powerful notes of biscuit, starfruit and lime.read more…