2009 J. Lassalle Cuvee Angeline Brut 1er Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Burghound: 90
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
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"A whiff of petrol can be found on the intensely yeasty nose of mostly citrusy white orchard fruit aromas. There is good richness and volume to the caressing and distinctly round flavors that are shaped by a much softer effervescence on the overtly yeasty and moderately dry finish. This is delicious though perhaps not quite as refined as prior versions though I hasten to add that this is by no means rustic or coarse." (BH)

Winery Notes:
This small, family-owned Champagne house is run by a mother-daughter team, dedicated to the ancient methods of champagne making taught to them by the late Jules Lassalle, husband and father. There is great attention to detail here, beginning with healthy grapes and low yields, a leisurely fermentation process which adds depth and balance. 60% Pinot Noir & 40% Chardonnay from all 1er and Grand Cru vineyards, it's lush, creamy and rich, with fine balance, complexity and a long finish, a wine of great elegance.

No other winemaking region is as closely associated with celebration and romance. Brand-power here is also stronger than other regions, and consumers pay a premium for consistency and reliability. However a new wave of "grower" champagnes is introducing wines of distinction and character. Major varietals include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

J. Lassalle: Run by three generations of women, Lassalle has entirely estate Premier Cru holdings located in Chigny-les-Roses. One of the fascinating characteristics of Lassalle is that the wines undergo a long elevage and finish their malolactic fermentations. The average elevage of the non-vintage bottlings is 5 years. Compare that with mega-brands like Veuve Clicquot which only see 15 months of aging for their precious "Yellow Label". These women make some of the most profound bubbles on the planet and the level of complexity is astonishing. These Champagnes are literally bottled and disgorged by hand, one at a time.

Here is a quote from one of the world’s leading sources on Champagne, Richard Juhlin:

“Established in 1942. This little gem, like so many others, is run by the stylish widow Chantal and her beautiful daughter Angéline. Their Champagnes are characterized by broad, ripe, exotic fruit. They have few critics and the wines are exceedingly drinkable. The Chardonnay wine is among the very best outside of Côte des Blancs. The grower has had unprecedented success in the U.S.A. A wine that perfectly personifies the domain style is the 1998 Special Club. We have here a very lovely, stylish wine that reminds one of the breadth of the great companies. My thoughts are drawn to Pol Roger with its fine tone of newly-baked bread, its hint of chocolate and nuts and its tersely elegant fruitiness. Anything but a typical growers' Champagne. Already saturated with honey with a fantastic promise of essences.”