Far removed from fashion and large-scale distribution, the house of Arlaux Champagne appeals to the finest palates on all of the five continents. Exceptional and very confidential, Arlaux is the favourite champagne of starred tables from Tokyo to Los Angeles, Macao to Abu Dhabi.
Its secret? A family saga of course, but also land and climate that are out of the ordinary. Since 1826, the Arlaux family has been following the sole value of excellence coupled with a unique rule that favours quality at every step of the production process, along with respect for the land and fellow human beings.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate held a blind tasting of NV Champagne and one wine toppled all of the more well-known names. Made from grapes coming exclusively from Premier Cru vineyards, you would be forgiven if you thought you were drinking something that cost twice the price!
'This fine if relatively unknown Brut NV takes first place in the derby – a shocker even for me!'
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Ranking of Recommended Brut NV Champagnes
(as featured in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate):
1) Arlaux Brut Premier Cru (92 points)
2) Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV (91 points)
3) Taittinger Brut Reserve NV (90 points)
Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV (90 points)
Lanson Black Label Brut NV (90 points)
Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV (90 points)
4) Pol Roger Reserve Brut NV (89 points)
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV (89 points)
Deutz Brut Classic NV (89 points)
Billecart-Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs NV (89 points)
5) Laurent-Perrier Brut NV (88 points)
Gosset Brut Excellence NV (88 points)
Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV (88 points)
Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV (88 points)
6) Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV (87 points)
7) Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut NV (86 points)
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Particuliere NV (86 points)
Gardet Guy de Saint Flavy Brut NV (86 points)
Pierre Gimonnet Brut Cuis 1er Cru NV (86 points)
8) Pol Roger Pure Brut Nature NV (85 points)
9) Henriot Brut Souverain NV (84 points)
10) Lamiable Brut Grand Cru NV (83 points)
Entirely classified as a Premier Cru, the Arlaux vineyard has been worked without any pesticides for over 10 years. Through superb care, its grapes are of the highest quality from the “Montagne de Reims”, the historical heart of the Champagne region.
Harvested by hand at perfect maturity, they are subject to a careful winemaking during which only the juices of the first pressing (“Tête de Cuvée”) are used.
Benefiting from a long ageing process, generally reserved for prestigious vintages (four years for Brut non-vintage to up to ten years for vintages), Arlaux champagnes
offer a large aromatic range and a finesse to meet the expectations of the most demanding enthusiasts.
From generation to generation, the Arlaux family has remained flawlessly true to its vocation…Perfection, elegance and discretion.
Since 1826, the house of Arlaux has remained totally independent.