A pretty pale pink champagne of exhilarating freshness, elegance and red subtlety, made from principally Pinot Noir and one fifth Chardonnay grapes. Matured in bottle on its lees for 48 months, it captures clean fresh red fruit on the nose, followed by lively fresh fruit flavours of wild strawberry and raspberry on the palate with an appealing softness. Elegant and vey sippable - the perfect Champagne combination.
Champagne Lallier are a small family concern crafting Pinot Noir blends from their own (and some specially selected other) 'Grand Cru' vineyards in Ay - also home to Bollinger but Lallier's cellars are older.
IN THE VINEYARD
The house of Lallier specialises in producing champagnes by sourcing exclusively from vineyards officially classified Grand Cru and Premier Cru. This wine is made from grapes Grown in exclusively Grand Cru vineyards in Aÿ, Bouzy and Avize.
IN THE WINERY
A blend of 85% year’s wine and 15% reserve wine from exclusively Grand Cru vineyards, the provenance of the grapes enables a low dosage to express the purity and the richness of these terroirs. With a dosage of 10g/L, the wine is matured in bottle on its lees for 24-36 months in Lallier's underground cellars. 70% of the wine results from a saignée - this distinctive vinification method brings a very unusual freshness and minerality.
Amazingly versatile this can be served as an aperitif, with rare beef or carpaccio, veal, roast chicken, pheasant or partridge. It matches well to light fruit desserts also.
IN THE PRESS
NV: "Light and delicate, with plenty of red fruit aromas laced with a touch of autolysis, plus a good balance of red fruit flavour. Biscuity finish with a hint of floral smoke." Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, Judges Comments NV: "Open-knit and balanced, featuring flavors of white cherry, pickled ginger, apple, toast, mineral-tinged chalk and smoke. Fresh, with a subtle finish. Drink now. 90 Points." Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, November 2013 NV: "Vibrant and refreshing, a complex bouquet of flowers, savoury notes and hints of elderflower, leads through to a soft, round palate with fresh chopped crab apples, plums and strawberries and that same savoury tinge. Grapefruit acidity lends a dry finish - try with salmon or scallops." Sommelier Wine Awards 2013, Judges Comments NV: "90 Points - Black currant, pastry, almond skin and glazed pear notes are backed by firm acidity and lightly chalky texture, recommending this lightly smoked, full-bodied Champagne to good. Didgorged May 2011. Drink now through 2017". Wine Spectator. June 2012 NV: "Black currant, pastry, almond skin and glazed pear notes are backed by firm acidity and lightly chalky texture, recommending this lightly smoked, full-bodied Champagne to food. Disgorged May 2011. Drink now through 2017. 90 points." Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, June 15th 2012 NV: "Light brioche and sherbet nose with creamy, biscuity autolytic notes on the nose, this is the colour of blushed apricots with lovely peach and redcurrant fruits, and good acidity. 'The palate has layers of tasty brioche character and a long finish', said Senthil Kulandhaisamy." "..the Lallier...massively over-performed and was universally felt to be something of a find." Sommelier Wine Awards 2011, Judges Comments NV: "No stranger to the top table in previous SWAs, Champagne Lallier wowed the judges this year with its NV Rosé -and not just for its remarkably reasonable price. With the delicate colour of blushed apricots, this offers the perfect combination of summer fruits with hints of brioche, great balance and a fine, fresh finish. Perfect for banqueting and by-the-glass lists." Sommelier Wine Awards 2011, Judges Comments NV: "Crisp with dried cherry and berry flavours, accented by spice. Firm and vibrant, leaving a mouthwatering impression, with moderate length. Drink now through 2012. 89 points." Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator November 15th 2010
NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 - Silver NV: Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 - Bronze NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2013 - Silver NV: Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013 - Silver NV: Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2012 - Bronze NV: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2011 - Silver NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2011 - Gold NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2011 - Critics' Choice Award
Alcohol By Volume (ABV)
Pinot Noir 80%, Chardonnay 20%
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