Extremely classy Champagne!
A champagne of exhilarating freshness, complexity and finesse, the flagship blend of Lallier. The energising citrusy palate delivers an equal measure of ripe, toasty fruit followed by a tasty, elegant finish.
The first bottles to bear the Lallier name appeared in 1906, when the Champagne house was founded by René Lallier who had married into a prestigious Champenois family. Lallier has been firmly rooted in the village of Aÿ ever since.
In 1936, Aÿ was one of the seventeen villages to be classified as ‘‘Grand Cru” in Champagne, a clear indication of the quality of the grapes that grow on its famous hillsides and the remarkable wines they produce.
In 1996, René-James Lallier, the founder’s grandson, carried out major modernisation work on the winery and refurbished the cellars in which Lallier’s Champagnes are aged. He enlisted the help of Francis Tribaut who, at the time, worked as a consultant to some of the most prestigious Champagne houses, as well as managing his family’s Domaine in Romery.
Having worked so closely together, when René-James Lallier decided to sell his business he naturally asked Francis Tribault if he was interested in buying it. Francis took up the challenge, convinced of the potential of Lallier brand.
Free to craft wine in the spirit of an artisan Domaine, Francis vinifies each parcel of grapes separately using a Lallier’s own ‘house’ yeast, and he keeps the dosage low to create Champagnes with real character and finesse.
The house of Lallier specialises in producing champagnes by sourcing exclusively from vineyards officially classified Grand Cru and Premier Cru. This is 100% Grand Cru, the Pinot Noir is sourced from the Grand Cru Aÿ and the Chardonnay from the Grand Crus of Avize and Cramant in the Côte de Blancs. The provenance of the grapes enables a low dosage to express the purity and the richness of these terroirs. Using approximately 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay wine and a 9g/L dosage, the bottles are matured on their lees in chalk cellars for a minimum of 30 months.
A Note on Sustainability
Lallier is developing its approach to sustainability and is working towards Vignerons en Développement Durable certification, aiming to complete the process in time for the 2020 harvest. Also, due to the effectiveness of Lallier's bespoke strain of yeast, it works with lower levels of sulphur dioxide than many other Champagne houses.
|Cultivar||65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay|
|Alcohol content||12.5% alcohol|
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||9.4 units|
|Cellaring Potential||For immediate enjoyment|
|Allergen Information||Contains Sulphites|
|Food Matches||Serve chilled as an aperitif with dim sum or charcuterie.|
|Features||Vegan and Vegetarian|
|Origin||Champagne - France|