I was intrigued by this new wine. It’s a non-vintage Champagne from Lallier, but it’s particularly honest about its component parts. Francis Tribaut, the owner/winemaker at Lallier has decided to label it R.012, indicating that it’s mostly from the 2012 vintage. But by using reserve wines – in this case 19% of the blend is from 2008, 2004 and 2002 – he’s creating a wine which captures the character of the vintage, but with the benefit of older wines to achieve greater complexity, or to make up for something missing in this particular vintage. It’s a blend of 62% Pinot Noir and 38% Chardonnay, with 85% of the blend coming from Grand Crus.
Champagne Lallier R.012 NV
12.5% alcohol. This house is based in Aÿ, and the blend is 62% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay. 81% of the wine is from the 2012 vintage. Very fruity with a citrus and apple nose, showing a bit of toastiness and some sweetness to the fruit. Very appealing: this is quite a rich style that’s creamy, bold and spicy. Easy to enjoy. 90/100
UK agent: Boutinot
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