Jacques Lassaigne, now operated by his son Emmanuel, is located in Montgueux, formerly known as the Montrachet of Champagne. Montegeux is at the very north of the Aube department and is not a location that comes to mind when recalling this area. Here, not far from Champagne's former capital, Troyes, the same limestone belt that flows through Le Mesnil extends to Montgueux. The soil structure is nearly identical, and in 1999, when Emmanuel took over, he decided to bottle the Champagnes individually by vineyard site. Le Cote is the most eastern site in Montgueux, an old vine parcel of Chardonnay planted on shallow topsoil where the roots grow directly into the chalk below. Emmanuel is at the top of his game, and this another excellent bottle from this top grower address.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 94+ points! "The latest release of the NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Cotet was disgorged in March, and it's based on the 2015 vintage, with some 10% older bottled wines that have been "remise en cercles." Offering up lovely aromas of lemon oil, white flowers, mandarin and pear, along with some autolytic top notes of warm bread, the wine is medium to full-bodied, vinous and structured, with a racy spice of acidity, a tightly wound core and a long, chalky finish. It's a powerful but tensile Blanc de Blancs that comes from a plot of old vines planted in 1964."