Founded by Armand-Raphaël Graser in 1920, A.R. Lenoble is now run by his great-grandchildren Anne and Antoine Malassagne. For over a century, the domaine has remained 100% independent and family owned.
In 2012, Lenoble was only the second Champagne house to be awarded the “Haute Valeur Environnementale” certification, in recognition of the estate’s more than 20 years of commitment to biodiversity and sustainable development.
A.R. Lenoble’s largest holding is in the Grand Cru village of Chouilly, in the Côte des Blancs, where they farm 10 hectares of Chardonnay. They also work six hectares of Pinot Noir vineyards in the Premier Cru vineyard of Bisseuil and two hectares of Pinot Meunier vineyards in the village of Damery.
The winemakers age a portion of their reserve wine in magnums with natural cork, to preserve the freshness and to develop the aromatic richness of their wines—hence the name “Mag 16,” for example, to also show that the base wine is from the 2016 harvest.