The house of Lenoble was established in 1920 by AR Graser, who came to Champagne from his native Alsace during the First World War. Not wanting to have a German sounding name at that particular time in history, he christened his wines ‘Lenoble’, as he believed the wines of Champagne to be the most noble in France, his initials preceding the name. Since then AR Lenoble is one of the very rare Champagne producers to be consistently family owned throughout.
Owners Anne and Antoinne Malassagne are the great grand-children of the founder and the fourth generation to run the house. They own 10 hectares in the Grand Cru village of Chouilly in the Cote des Blancs, along with 6 hectares in the 1er Cru village of Bisseul, as well as 2 hectares in the Marne Valley village of Damery. It is the expression of the Chardonnay from Chouilly that defines AR Lenoble and its wines. Chouilly is one of 17 Grand Cru villages in Champagne, but more importantly, one of 6 known for Chardonnay. They are one of only a few producers in Champagne that use Grand Cru Chardonnay in all of their wines.
The overriding philosophy of the house is to take advantage of the natural qualities of their vineyards exceptional terroir, harvesting the grapes with as little intervention as possible. They actively promote biodiversity, including a cluster of beehives which help to preserve the natural equilibrium in the vineyards. The grapes are picked by hand, supervised by the same people that have tendered the vines all year, ensuring the finest quality grape are selected. Yields are purposefully kept low compared to average yields in Champagne, and they exclusively use the cuvee from the first pressing, never the taille from the second. The Champagnes of AR Lenoble have a ‘unique style’, wines with balance and full of character.