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NV Lallier Serie R.012 Champagne

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Every year the team of buyers here at Cracka set out on a mission to find an exclusive, 'must have' Champagne for the festive season and every year they have done a great job. This year, however, they have done an exceptional job!

To understand how well they have done, let's do a quick comparison. Bollinger's La Grande Annee retails for $249 and has between 70% and 90% Grand Cru fruit, the NV Lallier Serie R.012 Champagne has 85% and retails for only $74.99!

Now, a bit of background. For those of you out there that understand the vineyard classification system in Champagne, you will know that if a Champagne is 85% Grand Cru, you know this is a big deal. For those that don't, only the very, very best vineyards in Champagne are classified as Grand Cru - it is roughly only 9% of all vineyards in Champagne are given this status.

Their UK Distributor (Boutinot) has summed up the wine perfectly - 'R.012 is a new direction for Lallier; a polished and scintillating diamond with more carats per fluid ounce than many a Grande Marque ... With a fine and lively mousse, this youthful cuvée displays predominantly primary green apple and pineapple fruit, beneath which lies some soft brioche dough and caramel'.

In short, if you like Champagne or have friends that like Champagne, you or they need to be drinking this!

Winemaker's Notes

The Série R joined LALLIER's Permanent Collection from mid-2015. With a new haute couture inspired, textured label, a new code appears. This code is easy to decipher, the letter 'R', the first letter of 'Récolte' (the French word for 'harvest') is followed by a three digit number denoting a special year, e.g. R.012 means that this new champagne is mostly based on the 2012 vintage.

Each Série R Champagne is therefore the reflection of the LALLIER style, expressed through a predominant vintage. The Série R range will therefore logically expand each year: R.013 and R.014 will succeed R.012, etc., taking Champagne-lovers on a fabulous voyage through the vintages, after these have spent a few years maturing in the cellars.

Through this innovative and educational approach, Francis Tribaut wanted to highlight exactly what makes LALLIER different: Parsimonious use of reserve wines in order to preserve the authenticity of the vintage, as far as possible. Champagnes produced exclusively from the two noble grape varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Blends of single vineyard selections, by village and by grape variety, including LALLIER's best Grand Cru terroirs, in every Champagne. The use of LALLIER's own starter yeast for vinification, followed by a long ageing period in the cellars and low 'dosage' to preserve the original texture of the Champagnes.

The Série R champagnes ideally symbolizes the LALLIER style: precise, personal and distinguished.

R.012 is a symbol of balance and aromatic expression. It is clad in a bright, golden yellow hue. Initially delicate with subtle, fresh aromas of citrus and white flowers, this Champagne then opens out to sumptuous notes of plums and acacia honey. R.012 gently coats the palate and its creamy bubbles are simply fabulous. The finish is long and caressing.

With starters, R.012 pairs perfectly with snails in sweet parsley cream. For the main dish, try this great gastronomic Champagne with squid seared à la plancha, a touch of garlic and tomato caviar, or with a beef tournedos with smoked bacon, served with polenta, basil, and confit tomatoes. In terms of cheese, it suits fine, hard and semi-hard cheeses, such as Appenzell or mature Comté. When it comes to dessert, tarte Tatin or pear cheesecake are perfect matches.


Bronze - 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards

Bronze - 2015 Japan Wine Challenge

Silver - 2016 IWSC

Silver - 2016 International Wine Challenge

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NV Lallier Serie R.012 Champagne

Expert Reviews

Cracka Tasting Panel says
More like a young vintage Champagne than an NV bubbly, this is a fresh aperitif style Champagne yet, with a real weight, complexity and depth to it - a real Goldilocks Champagne. Green straw in colour, it has a lovely, fine, delicate mousse and a long, persistent and driving finish. Lots of flavour and very crisp, this is serious serious bubbles!
Now - 2025
Wine Spectator says
"Chopped almond and spice notes underscore the flavors of raspberry pƒte de fruit, oyster shell, lemon zest and biscuit in this fresh sparkler, with a lacy texture. Disgorged February 2015. Drink now through 2018" - AN, Oct 2015
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate says
The 'R (dot)' marks Lallier's "revolutionary" new series of Champagnes, which are predominantly based on one harvest (or récolte) and completed with reserve wines. The R.012 Brut contains 81% of the 2012 vintage and blends 27% Chardonnay from Avize, Cramant and Oger, with 54% Pinot Noir from Aÿ, Verzenay, Bouzy and Ambonnay, and adds 19% reserve wines. Clear and elegant, with very delicate and precise sweet cherry, ripe apple, melon and lovely chalk flavors on the aromatic nose, this Brut is round, intense and fruity-elegant on the palate. It is perfectly dry and well-structured by minerals and a perfectly integrated acidity. Very good mid-palate, with a nice finish. Disgorged in April 2015.

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