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N.V. Brut 1er Cru Champagne “Cachet Or”

J. Lassalle

N.V. Brut <i>1er Cru</i> Champagne “Cachet Or”  J. Lassalle - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

With a base wine that is a minimum of four years old, Cachet Or would be a reserve wine at most Champagne houses. But J. Lassalle isn’t any Champagne house. This is their entry-level and most affordable Champagne. Hand-riddled in the family cellars underneath their winery in the picturesque village of Chigny-les-Roses on the Montagne de Reims, Cachet Or is a rich, luxurious bubbly built around the charming workhorse grape of these hills, Pinot Meunier. We have partnered with Lassalle to bring this Champagne to the US at a price that ensures it can be enjoyed as widely as possible. A votre santé!

Dixon Brooke

$35.00 $39.00
Vintage: N.V.
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 1/3 Pinot Meunier, 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir
Appellation: Chigny-Les-Roses
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Producer: J. Lassalle
Winemaker: Chantal Decelle-Lassalle and Angéline Templier
Vineyard: 50 years average
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12%

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About Champagne

True Champagne must not only sparkle, but also must come from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France and be made using méthode champenoise—a process that involves prolonged aging of the wine as well as a bottle fermentation used to add the sparkle to the finished product. Though wine has been made in this region since at least the 5th century, Champagne as we now know is a relatively new creation. It wasn’t until the 19th century that sparkling wine production took hold on a large scale in much part due to improvements in the strength of glass for bottles and the embrace of French nobility of the sparkling wines of the region.

Only three grape varieties may be used to make Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The chalk-heavy soils not only provide complexity and texture to the finished wine, but also act as a natural humidifier thus keeping the vine’s roots warm during colder months of the year. There are grand cru and premier cru designated vineyard areas but unlike Burgundy, there are few lieu-dit vineyards (though in recent years there has been a greater interest in producing vineyard specific Champagnes).

Kermit’s first foray into the region came in 1981 when he began importing the wines of J. Lassalle and Paul Bara—two producers whose wines we still import. In the mid 2000s, Kermit began importing the wines of Veuve Fourny et Fils.

Of Champagne, Kermit says, “You might be surprised to learn that I don’t like a goût de terroir to dominate the taste of Champagnes. If it dominates, you lose finesse. I want some, obviously—but only enough to keep things interesting.”

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A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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