Champagne Liébart-Régnier was established 55 years ago by Lucien Liébart and Georgette Régnier – a husband and wife team who created a new winery under both their names. Lucien was in charge of winemaking, while Georgette preferred working in the vineyards, and was also a sales whiz. The vineyards of Liébart-Régnier are all in the appellation of the Vallée de la Marne, in the areas of Vauciennes and Baslieux. When Lucien passed away, his son was able to take over the operation – at 20 years old, Laurent Liébart, after quickly finishing his studies, returned to help his mother run the family business. For the last 30 years, Laurent and his wife Valérie, have been working together to produce fantastic Champagnes that unfailingly win awards every year.
Today, Laurent and Valérie have help from their two daughters, Marion and Alexandra, and they continue to win world-class awards for their small-batch production. They produce only sparkling wines, made in a variety of styles (including some vintage-dated Champagnes that show wonderful complexity and finesse).
When you visit the winery, you pull up to a paddock with two horses, Djin and Nedjdi. You might be greeted by the friendly cat, Léo, and you can also see plantings of the three traditional grape varieties of Champagne: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. The field behind the paddock is lined with vineyards. In the tasting room, the walls are hung with old pictures from the first few years of operation – you can also taste through all of the offerings of the winery. If you like, you can even take a tour, and see where all the work is done!
Liébart-Régnier Brut Rosé
This lovely rosé is made in the traditional Champagne method, using the traditional grape varieties of the region. It is made of 50% Pinot Meunier, a specialty of Vallée de la Marne, 35% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay. They start by making a still red wine, made from old-vine Pinot Noir from the Le Grey vineyard, which is then added to the still, white base wine to give it that beautiful pink colour. Then, the process of the second fermentation starts, adding wonderfully complex, bready, yeasty flavours to the bright fruit character already present in the wine.
Pretty, bright rose in colour, with super-fine, persistent bubbles. Aromas of raspberries, strawberries, and yeasty notes jump out of the glass. When you take a sip, the complexity of this Champagne really shines through – beautiful fresh fruit set off by the complexity of yeast.
This is a perfect summer sipper, a perfect late-afternoon-on-the-patio kind of wine, that also goes exceedingly well with just about any food you can imagine!!!!