A producer of Premier Cru Champagnes since 1826, the Arlaux estate in the prestigious Montagne de Reims has been in the family since the 12th Century. Yet they have retained their focus as a small grower Champagne - nurturing pre-phylloxera Pinot Meunier vines, making small amounts of exceptional quality wines exclusively from the first pressing (the Tête de Cuvée), and using only their own fruit.
We are delighted to have exclusive access to their vintage Champagnes, which our clients consistently rank above the likes of Dom Perignon and Dom Ruinart in tastings - even the Non Vintage was ranked above the major houses by the Wine Advocate:
'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.