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Champagne Pascal Lallement, Premier Cru BrutChampagne, France MV (750mL)

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Champagne Pascal Lallement, Premier Cru Brut Champagne, France MV (750mL)

“True-blue ‘grower’ Champagne like this remains perhaps the biggest steal on the fine wine market. Lallement’s powerful, persistently rich Premier Cru Brut is one very notable example.”

The Lallement family gives their home village, Chamery, nearly equal billing to their surname on the wine’s label. Located in the northwest corner of Champagne’s Montagne de Reims sub-zone, Chamery is a designated Premier Cru, with vineyards occupying a bowl-like amphitheater that faces south. Montagne de Reims, of course, is dominated by the “black” grapes, as is Lallement’s non-vintage Brut: It is composed of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Meunier, and 20% Chardonnay grown in the villages of Chamery, Eceuil, and Sermier.

Lallement farms his vineyards organically, and, like so many of his récoltant-manipulant (grower-producer) colleagues, subjects his wines to extra-long periods of lees aging before disgorgement and release. This freshly disgorged NV brut spent more than four years on its lees—well above the minimum requirement—and was provided with the maximum Brut dosage of 12 grams/liter. These two factors largely contribute to the palate weight and persistence of the wine.

In the glass, Lallement’s Premier Cru Brut displays a light golden core with slight gold and green reflections at the rim, with a fine ‘bead’ (string of bubbles). The intense and creamy nose charms with aromas of rising brioche, baked apple croissant, lemon curd, honeysuckle, crushed hazelnut, a bouquet of white flowers, crushed chalk, and an underlying hint of redcurrant. It is full-bodied by Champagne standards and coats the palate with creamy, round notes of hazelnut purée, sweet apple, spun honey, and rising bread dough. The dense opulence and vinous texture is exquisitely checked by fresh acidity, fine bubbles, and terroir-driven minerality. Alluring as it is right now, this could effortlessly age another 3-5 years if kept well. For instant gratification, simply pull from the fridge, pop the cork and wait 10 minutes prior to serving. Do not pour this wine into tall, thin flutes or the aromatics will be subdued and the experience will be akin to going to the opera with a pair of earmuffs. Opt instead for all-purpose stems or open-mouthed Champagne glasses for optimal results. 

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionChampagne
  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand
  • FarmingPracticing Organic
  • BlendPinot Noir 40%, Meunier 40%, Chardonnay 20%
  • Alcohol12%
  • Temp.Serve at 50° F
  • GlasswareAll-Purpose Stems
  • DrinkingNow-2032
  • PairingNo-Fail Roast Chicken w/ Lemon & Garlic

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