Champagne Jean Lallement et Fils, 2010


Jean Lallement (Lall-Mont) is an estate of only four hectares split between Verzenay and Verzy in the Montagne de Reims. A tiny producer, one of the smallest in this portfolio, but what wines! Original, complex, distinctive and yummy, all from a young vigneron who’s restlessly improving every year. The vineyards are spread between Verzenay and Verzy both grand cru villages, with small holdings in the premier cru of Ludes. Alex Lallement explained the terrior of Verzenay as more masculine and higher in elevation, while Verzey is more feminine and perfumed.


2010, Verzenay Grand Cru, 5 Years on lees, practicing organic

This smells like a perfume you’d apply to a Bengal tiger. It’s the best 2010 I’ve tasted anywhere. The ‘10s at the sharpest tip of the iceberg can recall 2004, but there are fewer of them and they’re rather less lavish than the best ‘04s. This has a fetching yet also “important” aroma, fluidly spicy and utter Verzenay; the palate is both linear and aerial yet with a clotted-cream concentration, leading into a superbly animal-smoky finish. Pheasant stock, parsnips, beeswax, Ceylon tea, Timut pepper, black salt on a beef-tallow sautee of morels… OK, babbling, yes. But … this is some wine. Disg. 7/2016, and 80-20 PN-CH.

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Grape Detail

80% Pinot Noir 20% Chardonnay

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