Côteaux Champenois Haut Revers du Chutat, Acte 1, Scène 111, Jacques Lassaigne

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This exceptional still wine is only made in limited quantities in riper vintages (2010, 2015 were the previous versions) when the juice naturally hits an alcohol level (12.2%) that is too high to produce champagne.
Type:
Vintage:
2017
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
100%
Style:
Dry
ABV:
12%
Producer:
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Aube
Sub Sub Region:
Montgueux
Body:
Rich, rounded and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink Now
Closure Type:
Cork
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£110.00
 

Jacques Lassaigne

Emmanuel Lassaigne owns a small holding (3.5ha) of old vine chardonnay, in the isolated village of Montgueux to the west of Troyes, also complementing this by buying grapes from trusted sources – 2.5ha of old vines planted on the slopes where he doesn’t own vineyards in the village. Here there is a Cretaceous strata of chalk, 15 million years older than in the Côte des Blancs. Back in the 1970s his father Jacques, together with three brothers, became only the second family in Montgueux to own a press (Champagne Beaugrand, still in operation today, was the first). The estate sold both grapes and bottles of champagne before running into financial difficulties in the late 1990s. At this point in 1999 Manu ditched a successful job with an international manufacturing company and came home to help his parents, motivated both by the prospect of his family losing the estate and also by a sense of frustration he felt at the lack of recognition for Montgueux. Most of the other areas in Champagne can point to centuries of wine-making history – Montgueux can’t, and even when the négoce bought grapes from the village they tried to hide the fact. Manu explains, "To buy so much fruit and then deny it is not fair. I thought we must put Montgueux on our bottles and be proud of our terroir. I was born here. If people say where you were born is shit and you disagree, well you are motivated to do something about it".

Tasting Notes

It shows exotic ripe fruits cut through with a vein of acidity and an electrifying stamp of saline minerals.

Vinification

Made from vines planted in 1968 at the top of a south facing limestone slope, aged in six older fûts and a 500ltr barrel for 22 months, the balance of this wine is exemplary, putting many fine Côte de Beaune wines to shame. Very low sulphur. For drinking now to 2027.