Champagne Lallier R.015 Brut with gift box (6 Bottle Case)

France

 

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Lallier's R.015 is the reflection of a radiant year. Winter passed without pressure from frosts or pests and from mid-May, the weather turned very hot and dry. It remained this way right through to August (like in 2003, 1976 and 1951). This exceptional climatic stability was accentuated by significant daily temperature variations (cool nights and intense heat at midday). The prolonged dry conditions began to cause concern at the start of ripening as the grapes began to show signs of hydric stress, but at long last in the middle of August downfalls of rain hit the vineyards for 2 weeks. At last, the grapes began to swell and the occurence of rot was avoided thanks to a drop in temperatures. Everything fell back into place and the harvest began happily on 6th September with perfect sanitary conditions. A year of superlatives worthy of a great vintage, with the promise of extraordinary quality. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards are situated in the main Crus of Avize, Cramant, Oger, Aÿ, Versenay , Bouzy and Ambonnay and each parcel is vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation is with Lallier’s home made yeasts sourced from Chardonnay grapes from the Loridon parcel in the Aÿ Grand Cru. Only some vats will undergo full malolactic fermentation. Dosage is 7g/l and the actual liquer de dosage is kept to a minimum as Francis believes in preserving the wine’s original aromatic profile. 20% reserve wines used from 2008,2009 and 2012. The Champagne is lees aged for 3 years.

An intense developed nose of rich brioche leads into a very ripe, rounded palte with flavours of ripe pear and creamy hazlenut, a reflection of the warmth of the 2015 vintage that this cuvée expresses. Lallier worried that the vintage would be too warm for great Champagne, but a drop in temperatures, plus a little rain, a couple of weeks before picking rescued the freshness and maintined this wine's vital acidity. A very approachable and seriously enjoyable vintage-character wine.

R.015 will complement roast belly pork for a decadent Sunday lunch.

Please note: All case wine orders can take between 7-10 days for delivery.

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Grapes: Pinot Noir 56% Chardonnay 44%
ABV: 12.5%
Volume: 6 x 75cl
Vintage: 2015
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Suitable for Vegans: Yes

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