2010 Brut Nature, Jacques Lassaigne

100% Chardonnay. "One of Champagne's most exciting producers is Emmanuel Lassaigne" says William Kelley in his Wine Advocate report, noting his "style is powerful and vinous but also racy and electric." He owns just 3.5 hectares of old vine Chardonnay in the unsung village of Montgueux in the Aube. His wines have done much to put this region on the map, and he has achieved a lot in a short space of time. In 2002 he had just two customers. So to go from there to be recognised as one of Champagne's greats is no mean feat. He doesn't fine or filter, and uses very minimal sulphur dioxide. This 2010 is a blend of old vines from his top three vineyards: Les Paluets (40%), le Cotet (40%) and la Grande Côte (20%).

Critic score
95/100
Pricing
Bottle
1 available
£94.63

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Champagne, France
  • Grape
    Chardonnay
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2030
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    12%
2010 Brut Nature, Jacques Lassaigne

TASTING NOTES

Due to be disgorged commercial a few weeks after I tasted it was the 2010 Brut Nature Blanc des Blancs Millésime, a vintage that Lassaigne described as characterized by "very high maturity" and which was vinified entirely in tank. Offering up aromas of lemon oil, green apple, warm bread and chalky soil tones, it's full-bodied, ample and vinous, with chewy dry extract and a fleshy core, crisp acids and a long, saline finish. Once again, it's a blend of Les Paluets, Le Cotet and La Grande Côte, Lassaigne commenting that it always tends to come from the same parcels.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (August 2019)
95/100