J.Lassalle Champagne Brut “Cuvée Préférence” 1er Cru N.V
Approximately 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir
Aged 48 months on the lees before disgorgement
Vintages in the current disgorgement: 2009 and 2010 (as of April 2014)
Aged for a minimum of 4 months after blending in enamel lined tanks before bottling
Champagne J. Lassalle works with all three varietals authorized in the region (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier) on sixteen hectares of vineyards, all of them premier cru. These tough, hardworking women continue to follow the vinification methods established by Jules in the forties: they use the same wooden basket press he installed in the winery over fifty years ago, pressing and vinifying the individual plots separately. It is one of the rare Champagnes that has been allowed to finish its malolactic fermentation, just like the great whites from the Côte d’Or, and all cuvées are aged extensively once in bottle—even the non-vintage cuvées, which are a minimum of five years old. This results in an astonishing complexity and depth from the beginning of their range up to the luxury cuvées. Don’t miss their Blanc de Blancs, sourced uniquely from premier cru Chardonnay grown on the Montagne de Reims. It is a classic vin de terroir that ages beautifully.