From: Champagne, France
Varietal: 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
Tasting Notes: There's a sense of poise to this rich, spiced Champagne. Finely detailed texture and acidity mix with ripe flavors of quince paste, candied orange peel, brioche and cream, while notes of ground ginger, cardamom, clove and white pepper ride through and linger on the finish. -Wine Spectator
Jean Lallement is an estate of only four hectares split between Verzenay and Verzy in the Montagne de Reims. A tiny producer, one of the smallest in this portfolio, but what wines! Original, complex, distinctive and yummy, all from a young vigneron who’s restlessly improving every year. The vineyards are spread between Verzenay and Verzy both grand cru villages, with small holdings in the premier cru of Ludes. Alex Lallement explained the terrior of Verzenay as more masculine and higher in elevation, while Verzey is more feminine and perfumed.
The majority of Lallement’s holdings are in Verzenay whose characteristic flavor Lallement’s virile style exemplifies. If it were Burgundy it’d be Nuits-St.-Georges; animal and sauvage. Lallement’s vineyards are about eighty percent pinot noir and twenty percent chardonnay, as you’d expect in these parts. There are twenty different parcels, about half of which are older than 40 years.
Lallement allows all of his wines to undergo malolactic fermentation and now produces 4 wines. His Brut is a blend of two years from younger vines in his holdings in Verzenay and Verzey, about 80 percent and 20 percent respectively. The Brut Reserve is the same blend of vintages and villages, but from parcels that are 30 years and older. Lallement started making a Réserve Rosé in 2003. It's a non-saignée, 100 percent Pinot Noir Rosé, a proportion of which is still red wine vinified in 205 liter barrel. 1800 bottles of the Rosé are produced. The first time Lallement released a Vintage Champagne (2006) only 750 bottles were produced and it sold out immediately.
92 Points -Vinous
92 Points -Wine Spectator
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