Lilbert is located in the village of Cramant, a Grand Cru in the Côte des Blancs, famous for growing some of the region’s finest chardonnay grapes. The Lilbert family has been grape growing here since 1746 and making their own wine since 1907. The property is now run by Bertrand Lilbert, one of the super stars of the Côte des Blancs. Bertrand used to work in an Epernay viticulture testing laboratory before taking over here. Michel Bettane, France’s top wine critic, names Lilbert as the reference point for long-lived classic Cramant. As Andrew Jefford observes in his book, The New France, “This tiny Cramant domaine is the source of some very fine and long-lived Blanc de Blancs. The style is less soft, creamy, and flowery than most large houses might leave the drinker expecting: Cramant here has a taut, steely, rigorous quality”. Production is tiny: 30,000 bottles across the 3 cuvées. Lilbert champagne has a lower dosage and marked by great finesse.