Tuesday, November 10, 2009

NV Premier Cru Champagne

NV Champagne J. Lassalle

NV Champagne J. Lassalle Préférence Brut, Premier Cru Chigny-Les-Roses, AC Champagne

Time to celebrate! I've had this bottle for about 15 months - really trying out this theory that even nonvintage Champagnes benefit from some bottle age. About 60% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay in this grower Champagne.

Opened with a quiet hiss, revealing a deep gold/orange hue. Nose shows a lot of complexity - noticeable autolysis, sweet fruit, with a subtle minerality. The mouth is where the age shows its merit, in the richness and creaminess. Lots of ripe tangerine and citrus as well. Beautifully tiny pin-prick bubbles, fine texture, good length. Delicious.

Showed even better on the second day. Wow. So much weight and creaminess, with a depth and complexity that few nonvintage Champagnes possess. I'm convinced that these wines need at least 12 months of bottle age before consumption. If the disgorgement dates would be printed on the labels, that'd be even better. But let's not be too picky. 'Tis a beautiful wine.


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