Lassalle has produced very fine Champagne in the village of Chingy-les-Roses in the Montagne de Reims since 1942. The 16-hectare estate follows the traditional practices that Jules Lassalle implemented before his passing, including the use of a traditional basket press and vinifying every parcel separately. Since 2006 J Lassalle has been operated by Jules' Granddaughter Angeline and has 16 hectares of vines spread over an incredible 45 parcels made up of 48% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, Pinot Noir 22%. All of the Champagnes are hand-harvested and go through a rigorous selection. At the top of the list is the special club sourced from 50+-year-old vines made of a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from all premier cru sites. The Special Club is aged on the lees for around ten years before release and is only made in outstanding vintages seeing a dosage of 8g/l. 2012 is a stunning vintage for this Champagne and straddles the line between decadence and intense energy. We have a limited amount available at a very low price for those interested.
Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 94 points! "The 2012 Special Club is a pretty rich, heady Champagne by Lassalle standards, and yet it remains wonderfully lifted and gracious. Orchard fruit, white flowers, lemon confit and light butter notes are nicely delineated. Like all of these wines, the 2012 Special Club is incredibly delicate and sensual from start to finish."