Jacques Lassaigne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs les Vignes de Montgueux (1.5L)

Sparkling from Aube, Champagne, France

Jacques Lassaigne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs les Vignes de Montgueux
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One of Champagne's most exciting producers is Emmanuel Lassaigne, an intelligent and thoughtful grower who works with the chalky south- and southeast-facing slope vineyards of Montgueux. Geologically, Montgueux represents a continuation of the strata of the Côte de Blancs—and, incidentally, recent scholarship suggests that the hillside that nurtures vines today may once have been the site of the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, where Aetius and Theodoric defeated Attila the Hun. It was Emmanuel's father Jacques who in 1950s and 1960s began to replant some of the village's abandoned vineyards, and in 1999, rather than risk loosing the estate, Emmanuel quit a successful career in manufacturing to return home. Organic farming, cultivated soils and harvesting at full maturity are his precepts in the vineyards. In the cellar, the wines ferment in wood and stainless steel, and they're disgorged by hand without dosage. The style is powerful and vinous but also racy and electric.

– William Kelley, Wine Advocate


Subtly refreshing, this wine has a gracious generosity that kept our panelists going back to taste it again and again. It has a woodlands character, the fruit hinting at heirloom apples and fresh chanterelles, while the bubbles carry a beautiful chalkiness and brioche scents. Its clean, lingering richness will complement a range of foods, from oysters to meaty roast fish with chanterelles and cream.

93 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2019)

The latest release of Lassaigne's NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Vignes de Montgueux is a blend of the 2016, 2015 and 2014 vintages, and is disgorged à la volée without dosage. Offering up a lively bouquet of green apples, freshly baked bread, white peach and pastry cream, it's medium to full-bodied, taut and racy, with a lively spine of acidity, lovely purity and a long, searingly chalky finish. Lassaigne characterizes this as his "apéro" cuvée—modestly, as this makes for a decidedly serious apéritif.

92 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

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