Lallier Grand Cru Millesime, Aÿ
With Blanc de Blancs exceptions, the Lallier house style is Pinot driven. The Maison sits on privileged sites in CHmpagne with the greatest part their vineyard holdings in Montagne de Reims and Côtes des Blancs with a smaller part being in Aÿ, Cramant, Chouilly and Vertus.
Lallier's assemblage of Millésime Grand Cru Brut is majority Pinot Noir (Aÿ), minority Chardonnay (Avize and Cramant)while no Pinot Munier is used. Golden-yellow coloured. Pure, complex and elegant, patisserie notes of glazed pastry and brioche, apple and walnut on the nose. The palate is round, generous and mouth-filling while the acidity keeps things tight and fresh through a long finish.
Lallier's golden-yellow colored 2008 Millésime Grand Cru Brut – an assemblage of 55% Pinot Noir from Aÿ, and 45% Chardonnay from Avize and Cramant, disgorged in September 2014 with eight grams per liter of dosage – offers a deep, pure, complex and elegant bouquet of pain aux raisins, brioche, apple strudel, walnuts and humid chalk. Round and complex on the palate, this lovely, matured, mouth-filling and perfectly balanced Millésime combines its fullness and richness with a remarkable freshness and finesse; the long finish (with honey and almond flavors) reveals a very good structure and lingering minerality. This is a beautifully elegant and Pinot-driven Champagne.
92 points, Wine Advocate (June 2016)
Ripe blackberry and baked nectarine notes are layered with flavors of almond biscotti, honey, chalky mineral and lemon pith in this well-knit Champagne, with a refined, creamy mousse. Minerally finish. Disgorged June 2014.
92 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (August 2015)
Located 150 km east of Paris, Champagne is the French wine region renowned for producing the finest, most rich and complex sparkling wines in the world. The elegance, longevity and racy acidity of these wines are attributed to the influence of the chalky soils of the region and the cool, marginal continental climate. The region spans an area of 35,000 ha and has 4 main growing areas, each favouring one of the three noble Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has a vineyard quality hierarchy based on the soils, aspect and overall quality of the grapes. Like Burgundy, these quality designations are allocated to the vineyards of the village. Of the 319 villages of Champagne, 17 have Grand Cru status and 44 villages are designated Premier Cru. All Champagne is produced by Traditional Method. The vast majority of Champagne is a blend of the three varieties and may also be a blend of several vintages producing the popular Non Vintage (NV) house styles. Top quality blends from exceptional years are sold as Vintage (Millésime) Champagne.