Champagne Rose, Lallement
cépage 100% Pinot Noir
info/source 100% Verzeney Grand Cru
élevage Stainless Steel; 8% of the blend is still red wine from Verzeney, vinified and aged by David Pehu
sur latte 48 months
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All 2013, disg 9/2016, assemblage with 8% still PN. The wine itself is 100% PN; taste it some time aside the Gimonnet and wonder that the two utterly disparate wines are both Champagne. This is an almost civilized Rosé by Lallement’s standards; marked by clove and Sockeye but also rose petals and straw; a marvelous vintage of this, better than the ’12 was at this stage. Savory finish, umami and meadow flowers.
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Press & Reviews
Lallement’s NV Brut Rose is all Pinot, all Verzenay, and all vintage 2009. It’s also unusual for one of his wines in being gorgeous but not profound or intriguing. High-toned scents of maraschino, geranium and almond extract lead into a frisky, tangy alliance of crabapple and sour cherry on the palate, leading to an invigorating, refreshing, and prolonged finish, though without the animal and mineral nuances that more typically characterize Lallement wines. I would plan to enjoy this one over the coming year.
A rich rosé, featuring toast, dried cranberry and cherry, candied lemon peel, clove and smoke notes that blend seamlessly with firm acidity and the fine-grained texture. A lovely wine. Disgorged April 2011. Drink now through 2020. –AN
(100% pinot noir, all from Verzenay and all from 2009; disgorged in May, 2013): Pale orange. A deeply scented nose displays dried red fruits, anise, rose oil and a touch of toasted nuts. A sappy, smoky midweight that offers spice-accented strawberry and blood orange flavors and a hint of anise. Distinctly wine-like in a Burgundian fashion. Finishes with echoing smokiness, a touch of bitter cherry and strong persistence.
Made entirely of pinot noir, this shows the cool, lively profile of the 2007 vintage, its crisp flavors of cranberry and raspberry backed by hints of aniseed, poppy seed and mint. It’s taut and zesty, finishing with fragrant length, and its balance at 4 g/l of dosage is excellent, giving it a sleekly expressive harmony. Last tasted: 3/10