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Champagne J. Lassalle Special Club Brut Premier Cru 2012 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne J. Lassalle Special Club Brut Premier Cru 2012

Over $40 Off 95 Point J. Lassalle Special Club... What more to say?!

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Flavor Profile: Apricots, golden apples, pastry dough, croissants, green figs, candied lemons melons, almonds, and peaches
Time on Lees: 10 years
Dosage: 7 g/L
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Score: 95

Why We Love It...

You may have heard me say this before, but it bears repeating… there is no such thing as a bad Special Club Champagne. The rigorous selection process that bars the path to any ol’ submission being granted the iconic Special Club packaging simply prevents it, and rest assured there is no small amount of pride taken into consideration here, either. Of the roughly 30 producers that have earned a place in this prestigious Club de Tresors – you can only imagine the sort of bragging rights and (hopefully) friendly one-upmanship that goes on as they gather to blindly evaluate each year’s new round of submissions. I’m simply over the moon to get access to this 2012 gem – the best of the best of J. Lasalle’s harvest in one of Champagne’s most picturesque villages, Chigny-les-Roses.

Champagne J. Lasalle was born in the midst of WWII, its very creation an act of defiance that showcases the spirit of Champagne’s vignerons. Today, Chigny-les-Roses (also home to Last Bubbles’ favorite, Champagne Gardet) is a postcard perfect Champagne village that produces some of our favorite Premier Cru bubblies in the Montagne de Reims. The Lasalle estate has grown to over 60 plots, covering some 16 hectares, with a planting blend that is a little over half pinot meunier, followed by nearly equal parts chardonnay and pinot noir.

Despite that, for this particular submission that achieved the rare Special Club status, the blend is 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir – not a trace of pinot meunier to be had. The individual lots are fermented and aged separately, resting in barrel for anywhere from 8 to 10 months before blending and bottling. The time on the lees lasts for a full decade – quite remarkable – and makes this a brand new release that just arrived to our shores!  Only about 590 cases total, and while this is certainly rare in the States – rest assured that Last Bubbles has it for the best price in the USA!

Upon initial inspection, the mousse is creamy and stable, with the wine glowing a luminous yellow gold. The powerful nose portrays apricots and golden apples, with bakery notes of pastry dough and fresh out the oven croissants. On the palate, green figs and candied lemons lead things off, though with time, the notes of ripe Tuscan melon and Galaxy peaches develop. Roasted almonds accent the slightly oxidative style (quite fresh nevertheless given the age and development in barrel) but a touch of river rocks and a clearly-defined acidity pulls the wine into a gloriously long finish. Another special wine from the most special of clubs, and one that every bubbly lover should find room for in their collection! 

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay
Winemaker: Chantal Decelle-Lassalle and Angéline Templier
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 592
Pair it with: Porcini mushroom risotto

About the Producer

Since 1820, Ameztoi has been the most respected producer in the region of Getariako Txakolina. They produce both traditional wines in large barrels and they were the inventor of rosé txakolina and one of the first to do méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines in the region. They own 20 hectares of vineyards planted high on the seaside cliffs of the village of Getaria. Ignacio Ameztoi is fifth generation and has played an important role in the development and innovation in Getariako Txakolina over the last 10 years.

Champagne J. Lassalle Special Club Brut Premier Cru 2012

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