N.V. J. Lassalle Cachet d'Or Brut 1er Cru

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 90
Burghound: 91
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$34.95

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"There's an open-knit, almost airy feel to this vibrant Champagne, which carries a concentrated range of juicy pear and black raspberry fruit, with hints of crystallized honey. Shows gingersnap biscuit and verbena flavors on the chalky texture, gaining momentum on the racy, zesty finish. Drink now through 2022. 2,945 cases imported." (WS)

"The NV Brut Premier Cru Cachet d’Or is an attractive entry-level wine laced with peaches, apricots, sweet spices and flowers. It shows excellent depth to match its accessible, up-front personality. This is Lot L.04. Disgorged May 11, 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014." (WA)

"(a blend of one-third each Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay; 8 g/l dosage): Light gold. Ripe pear, honey and tangerine on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Fleshy, broad and rather powerful, with a touch of bitter quinine adding a dry edge. Closes smooth and subtly spicy, with good cling and a lingering note of sweet butter." (VM)

"An attractively yeasty nose combines notes of apple, pear, acacia blossom and a hint of apricot. There is fine complexity to the utterly delicious flavors that possess reasonably good concentration, indeed sufficiently so that there is a sappy, even creamy texture to the mid-palate that carries over to the lingering finish. This will not wow you with its refinement as the mousse is not especially fine yet it's rare to find this kind of depth anywhere close to this price point. Thus, as a candidate for an everyday sipper, this is highly recommended." (BH)

Winery Notes:
60% PM, 25% Chard, 15% PN

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 disgourged by hand, one at a time.

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.”


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