Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2021
Adele & Daniel Le Brun were the pioneers of Methode Traditionelle in Marlborough starting the Le Brun label in 1980 with the first release in 1985. In fact Daniel Le Brun has been called the Grandfather of Méthode Traditionelle in New Zealand. The Estate now operates under the No 1 Family Estate label (The Le Brun brand was sold to Lion in 1996).
Daniel is involved in every stage of creating the wines and is somewhat of a perfectionist, never wavering in his commitment to creating wine the way he learned from his father in Champagne.
The structure of Chardonnay, the finesse of Pinot Noir and the softness of Meunier have been brought together for 3 years on lees, in the classic Méthode Traditionelle style. This wine has elegance, complexity and wide appeal. Aromas of autolysis, peach, baked apple and citrus. A fine mousse, bold acidity and flavours that reflect the nose. Composition: 60% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (NV)
"This is immediately appealing on the nose showing fresh strawberry, stone fruit, apple and yeasty characters, followed by a delightfully expressed palate that is bright and vibrant with fine texture and lively acidity. Beautifully harmonious and soothing, this is charming and delectable. A blend of three classic Champagne grapes: chardonnay (60%), pinot noir (35%), pinot meunier (5%), and matured on lees for 18 months."
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS (NV)
"A classic blend of Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir and Meunier – presents aromas and flavours of white peaches and apples, pears and sweet lemon. A calm yet rounded and gently spicy leesy autolysis with a developing complexity. Dry, weighty, fruity, fleshy and leesy with fruit flavours that reflect the nose. Balanced and poised for more development in your cellar, but totally drinkable today as an aperitif or with cured salmon, charcutérie or cold chicken cuts."