Tipple Time: Welcome Joie de Vivre Into Your Holidays With Champagne Lombard

Nothing embodies the buoyant enjoyment of life quite like Champagne Lombard. Led by fourth-generation owner Thomas Lombard, the family-run Champagne house presents terroir-driven expressions celebrating the charm and diversity of Épernay. Focused on premier and grand cru, Maison Lombard introduces three ranges perfect for bubbly choices du jour this holiday season. Signature blends different terroirs whilst Terroir expresses the mineral identity of the area in Brut Nature, and Millésime encapsulates the greatest vintages of Lombard.

Founded by Robert Andrieu in 1925, Maison Lombard has since been led by Philippe Lombard, Thierry Lombard and, today, great-grandson Thomas Lombard. Taking over the reins in 2017, Thomas has since debuted himself as a new type of champagne producer: a négociant based with a grower philosophy.

His father, Thierry, expanded Maison Lombard’s brand in 2004. Moving from limited distribution and focusing on the premium range, he worked with Cellar Master Laurent Vaillant to purchase the Premier Cru vineyards of the Médot Champagne House, and continued on to develop a grape sourcing policy, focusing on Premier and Grand Cru.

Thomas extends the collaboration with Laurent with strong relationships with Maison Lombard’s grower-partners, located in villages like Cramant, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Villeneuve, to name a few.

Together, they wholly believe in personal visits of their parcels, and sharing in the growers’ expertise and knowledge of their terroir – soil, climate, topography and viticulture – to reveal the authentic identities and mineral characteristics of every area in their cuvées. Thomas’ appreciation of the land extends to the vineyard’s eventual organic certification in 2022.

To fully present single-village and single-plot cuvees, Maison Lombard employs a predominantly Extra Brut and Brut Nature dosage to express the unique mineral characteristics of the terroir. Meticulous care has been taken from plot selection and terroir recognition to the long aging process, to enhance structure and reveal the aromatic potential, complexity and mineral balance.

Those new to Maison Lombard can begin with Champagne Lombard Extra Brut Premier Cru (S$70), the quintessential expression of Maison Lombard’s style. Touted as the champagne for all occasions, the blend of Pinot Noirs and Meunier Premier Crus (from the West side of Montagne de Reims) and Chardonnay Premier Crus (from Côte des Blancs) offers easy-going crispness and aromatic richness.

Of the Terroir range, the mono-cru Champagne Lombard Brut Nature Cramant Grand Cru (S$122) presents the rich Chardonnays Grand Cru of Cramant, while the Brut Nature Rosé de Saignée Verzenay Grand Cru Les Marquises (S$140) flaunts the atypical expression of Pinot Noir Grand Cru from Verzenay. Draining soils and mild sunshine, combined with the non-dosage approach, develops delicate aromas of red fruits and fullness for versatile cuvée throughout the meal, as a dessert pairing or to be enjoyed simply as an aperitif.

A key highlight of the prized Millésime range is the Champagne Lombard Brut Nature Grand Cru Millésime 2008 (S$170). Featuring the subliminal sharpness of perfectly ripe Chardonnay Grand Cru (from Mesnil-sur-Oger and Avize), supported by the body of Pinot Noir sourced from Ambonnay, the 2008 vintage stands alongside great vintages crafted for bottle aging.

A selected range of Champagne Lombard is available at 8 by Bottles & Bottles and Bottles & Bottles webstore and retail stores islandwide. As part of the holiday season, Bottles & Bottles is running a promotion on Champagne Lombard offerings till 3 January 2022

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