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

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 88
Burghound: 89
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$34.95

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"The NV Brut Premier Cru Cachet d’Or Gold Label reveals lovely complexity and inner perfume in its notes of honey, dried apricots, smoke and spices. This medium-bodied Champagne possesses excellent depth and a long, clean finish. The lot # 4671 is identified on the cork, and this bottle was disgorged on January 14, 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010." (WA)

"($42; disgorged July 26, 2010): Light yellow-gold. Pungent aromas of orange pith and hazelnut, with a hint of smoky lees. Fleshy, round and soft, with bitter citrus and pear skin flavors that show a slight dry edge. The finish repeats the orange note and lingers with gentle toastiness." (VM)

"An elegant and admirably pure nose of Meyer lemon, rose petal, pear and toasty baked bread hints lead to delicious and softly effervescent flavors that also possess an attractive toastiness. I very much like the complexity here though as someone who prefers plenty of vibrancy and crispness I found this to lack a bit of verve on the otherwise attractively persistent finish." (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.”