On June 14th Paul Launois will host a Vintage 2018 Single Barrel auction. Julien Launois has selected two of his best parcels of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger to vinify his “Single Barrel 2018”. The 5 toasts of the 10 new oak barrels, made by “Tonnellerie Artisanale de Champagne” and a conscientious bâtonnage (stirring of lees) has led to a selection of 10 unique still wines for Champagne.
Known as one of the best terroirs in Champagne, Le Mesnil Sur Oger ensures the quality and the rarity of these wines.
Mr Philippe Jamesse, an eminent wine expert specialised in Champagne, former Head Sommelier at Les Crayeres in Reims and the creator of the Jamesse Prestige Glass Collection, is the official consultant for this event. He has kindly provided tasting notes below that will help bidders guide their bids in order to select their “Single barrel” and get their oenological adventure started.
ChampagneHub will be attending the auction and will be bidding on a Barrel. We will give you the change to take part in this adventure, without having to buy an entire barrel yourself. The wines will be delivered after the mandatory ageing period of 3 years for a Vintage Champagne or after 10 years for those that would prefer extended ageing and late-disgorgement. Rules and prices are described in the Rare Champagne Auction Lots page.
The Tasting Notes
Please find a summary of the tasting notes below, if you would like the full notes in French and Google Translate English, they can be found on the website of Paul Launois.
Single Barrel 1803
Yellow stone fruits on the nose followed by an exotic touch of fresh pineapple. Fine toasted notes with hints of bitter almonds. Rich, ripe fruit on the palate. The flavours of fresh sap and burnt notes creates a subtle peaty finish.
Single Barrel 1805
Beautiful nose of orange, tangerine, citrus with hints of spices and coconut milk. Full-bodied with exceptional tannins. The fruit is well-defined and the sapid finish is superb. This wine aspires to great potential.
Single Barrel 1807
The intense precision and a perfect balance between citrus fruits, spring flowers and smoked iodine. Elegant, well-defined and long-lasting in the mouth. This wine presents a natural mature sweetness with a fresh and bitter finish.
Single Barrel 1809
Lime and lemon zest and white flowers on the nose. Milky, earthy with hints of exotic fruits. Lively on the palate with a long finish.
Single Barrel 1810
Splendid bouquet: Subtle toasted, buttery notes, lemon and candied fruits. Rich texture with notes of fresh coffee and straw on the palate.
Single Barrel 1812
Fresh and fruity with delicate notes of Williams pears and yellow stone fruits. Savoury and well-structured on the palate.
Single Barrel 1813
Rich and expressive nose with apricot and syrupy notes. Generous and smooth on the palate with a chalky, salty finish and luxurious texture.
Single Barrel 1815
Assertive but delicate nose with candied yellow citrus fruits. Notes of wood, iodine, peat and fresh pine. The palate is mineral and salty with a hint of bitterness.
Single Barrel 1819
Round and fruity with apricot and exotic fruits on the nose. Well-structured body and great finesse on the palate.
Single Barrel 1820
An abundance of fruit characterizes the first nose, citrus liqueur: limoncello and smoky, toasty notes followed by exotic fruits. Fresh and chalky texture with incredible finesse. Long, lively and salty finish.