Ben says

★★ Great Wine There’s more red fruit on this wine than I classically get from Champagne. Aromas of crushed strawberries, spiced green apple and buttered toast lead into a vibrant palate full of flavour. A mix of sweet brioche, electric acidity, berries and orchard fruit make up an exciting, long and fresh flavour.

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Blend of Pinot Noir (40%), Meunier (40%) and Chardonnay (20%) with 12.5% abv. The Chardonnay is from Chouilly Grand Cru vineyard while the Pinot Noir is hand-harvested from the Bisseuil Premier Cru vineyard. ‘Mag 19’ reflects that most of the blend was from 2019, and some was aged in magnums before blending.

Grown in: Champagne, FRANCE.

Food Pairing

Fruit driven Champagnes like this, with a good amount of lees ageing, are great food partners. I am sure there’s lots of posh food you could opt for (like oysters) but for me this is a great fizz with a fishfinger butty.

Disclosure & Price

Purchased as part of The Little Fine Wine Company’s half bottle subscription case. Find in the UK for circa £31.99 from Findlays. £47.99 from North & South Wines.

Reviewed and tasted: 24/12/2023

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

AR Lenoble is named after Armand-Raphael Graser, the brand’s founder, who established the Champagne brand in 1920. Graser was a broker from the town of Epernay, and changed its name from Graser to AR Lenoble to avoid its Germanic Alsace roots during the war. Today the domaine is managed by the fourth generation, siblings Anne and Antoine Malassagne. AR Lenoble owns 18 hectares in three prime locations in Champagne.