J. Lassalle, "Préference" Brut 1er Cru
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J. Lassalle, "Préference" Brut 1er Cru - NV

Item # 29946 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Jules Lassalle established this family-owned Champagne house in 1942 in the village of Chigny-Les-Roses on the Montagne de Reims. His daughter and granddaughter, Chantal and Angéline, now run the domaine, following the same strictly-traditional standards Jules established. They use the same wooden basket press he installed in the winery over fifty years ago, pressing and vinifying the individual plots separately. It is one of the rare Champagnes that has been allowed to finish its malolactic fermentation, just like the great whites from the Côte d’Or. Every bottle is riddled by hand, and all cuvées are aged extensively once in bottle. This traditional blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir is best for luxuriant dishes, like lobster bisque baked en croûte.

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Staff Pick Notes

Knit one, purl two, knit one, purl two… If you’re not one for knitting that’s ok. It’s a fastidious process, time consuming, and there’s very little glamour in it. Though the final product is your own, which is invaluable. This is Lassalle’s Champagne. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation to soften its acids. Then spends four years aging on the lees before disgorgement. That is a lot of care and commitment for a non-vintage cuvée. The result is a tightly stitched champagne that’s incredibly clean and refreshing. A glossy pearl texture and subtle acidity. Fastidious and time consuming, but what can I say? Knit one, purl two…

- SD

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