A fine Champagne does not shout. It draws the taster to its singular character with nuance and subtlety. Nuance and subtlety might be odd words to describe the Champagne of a giant house, one producing millions of bottles — in some cases, well over 100 million each year. But the words are apt descriptions of A.R. Lenoble Champagne, a house that keeps its quality up and its production down to about 400,000 bottles annually, small by most Champagne standards.
Maison Lenoble began in 1920 when Armand-Raphaël Graser, a wine merchant from Alsace, established his vineyard in the Champagne village of Damery. He named his Champagne Lenoble fronted by his initials, A.R. Today, the fourth generation, Armand-Raphaël’s great-grandchildren, sister and brother Anne and Antoine Malassagne, run Maison Lenoble. It is one of the few Champagne houses still owned by the founding family.
Of Champagne’s 320 villages, only 17 vine-growing villages are classified as Grand Cru and 44 as Premier Cru. Maison Lenoble’s 44.5 acres of vineyards are in the Grand Cru village of Chouilly in the Côte des Blancs and the Premier Cru village of Bisseuil.
For the past 15 years, Lenoble has been only intermittently distributed in the United States. Now Cognac One, its new importer, reintroduced the Champagne starting with four non-vintage bottlings and with vintage Lenoble to follow shortly.
To begin, there is Brut Intense ($47), a blend of 40 percent Chardonnay with 30 percent each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Clean, round, combining a light yeastiness and fruit flavors, it is a beautifully balanced Champagne.
Brut Nature ($52) is stunning. The same blend as Brut Intense but aged six months longer, it receives no dosage and yet it is round, bordering on creamy, and rich in fruit.
The Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs ($56), made 100 percent from Grand Cru Chardonnay, is fine, focused and exquisite with a lingering finish — elegance in a glass.
Lenoble’s Rosé Terroirs ($62) is truly rosé, not salmon as many Rosés are, and offers a whiff of Pinot Noir and a hint of strawberries. It is round with good length and a satisfying finish.
Lenoble is a welcome addition to Champagne in America.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
Insight Vacations, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are offering the chance to win a free trip to Ireland for two, valued at $6,000. Oct. 18–22, The Road to Ireland contest page will be updated daily with a new clue and question that contestants will need to answer for a chance to win a trip for two on Insight’s Country Roads of Ireland tour in 2022. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. PST Oct. 29 to submit answers.