HEALDSBURG, Calif., May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jordan Vineyard & Winery announces the official launch of its first Jordan Cuvée, 100 percent produced by Champagne AR Lenoble, owned and operated by the Malassagne family in the Champagne region of France. The Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble ($49) is a special bottling of non-vintage brut that celebrates the shared business values and common winemaking philosophies of both families.
With a history in sparkling wine dating back three decades, Jordan was the birthplace of J by Jordan sparkling wine, which was established by winery founder Tom Jordan and his daughter, Judy, in 1987. Jordan and J operated independently for decades, but Jordan continued to serve J sparkling at winery receptions and winemaker dinners until Judy sold J Vineyards & Winery in 2015.
"Sparkling wine is a tradition we just couldn't let go of," said John Jordan, second-generation vintner and proprietor of Jordan Vineyard & Winery. "The inspiration for Jordan was the elegant wines and gracious hospitality of France, and when we found a family in Champagne that shares similar philosophies, not just in winemaking but in running a small business, we knew what we needed to do and where we needed to go."
One of the rare producers in Champagne that has been family owned throughout its history, AR Lenoble is owned and operated by siblings Anne and Antoine Malassagne, the great grandchildren of Armand-Raphael Graser, who founded the house in 1920. This is the first time AR Lenoble has ever produced a bottling for another company during its nearly 100 years in the wine business. The partnership is purely based on values—no financial investments or plans to make wines or buy vineyards together.
The Jordan Cuvée will make its public debut at Spring at Jordan on May 13, a themed event celebrating Jordan's new releases. Tickets are available for $95 per person at www.jordanwinery.com/events. This Champagne will also be served at select wine dinners, culinary events and many Jordan Estate Rewards member experiences, including the new Champagne & Caviar Tasting.
The Jordan Cuvée is comprised of 30% grand cru chardonnay from Chouilly, 35% premier cru pinot noir from Bisseuil and 35% pinot meunier from Damery and spent four years aging on the lees. The packaging includes both wineries' brands on the front label and capsule—and a cabouchon with the Jordan wordmark on each muselet, which was assembled and attached by hand. The Jordan Cuvée is a special selection of the house's non-vintage brut produced in its cellars with grapes from AR Lenoble's vineyards and long-term growers.
The Jordan Cuvée retails for $49 and will only be sold direct to guests who visit the winery in Healdsburg, beginning May 13. Online purchasing is not available at this time.
For more information, visit www.jordanwinery.com.
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