Jacques Lassaigne

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Jacques Lassaigne is a 4.7 hectare family vineyard located in Montgueux. The vineyards boast prime southeastern exposure & consist primarily of Chardonnay vines (94%) & the rest is made up of Pinot Noir (6%). The Montgueux vineyard sites were originally held for the Montrachet of Champagne & are located near the gates of Troyes—the former capital of Champagne. The terroir in Montgueux is nearly identical to the growing sites found further north in le Mesnil, as they share the same limestone vain —this is exceptional terroir for making great champagne. The non-vintage Blanc de Blanc is a blend of nine different vineyard sites & two successive vintages.

Emmanuel Lassaigne, Jacques’ son who now runs the vineyard, began working the vines in 1999, and made the bold decision to craft wines from individual parcels. At the time his local neighbors thought him a fool and didn’t understand the method behind his madness. Emmanuel makes all the important decisions with the wine virtually alone, and experiments boldly in ways that baffle us with their courageousness, for when he decides to make a change, he isn’t able to fully realize the results of that change for another 3-4 years.

The initial tank or barrel fermentations of all Emmanuel’s wine is carried out with only indigenous yeast. He sulfurs minimally at press to prevent oxidation, and then never adds any sulfur again. Emmanuel disgorges all the bottles by hand himself, a very uncommon practice in Champagne, where machine disgorgement is the norm. He developed this technique so he wouldn’t have to top up the bottles after disgorgement. You can see his unique timing technique in the video below.

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Certification: Organic.


Vignes de Montgueux Brut Blanc de Blancs: (non-vintage) — Back to the top

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Age of Vines: 35 Years

Yields: 60 hl/ha

Pruning Method: Guyot

Soil: Heavy clay.

Varietals: Chardonnay.

The grapes are harvested by hand—from 9 different sites—at their maximum ripeness before being destemmed & gently pressed. The fruit undergoes complete malolactic fermentation & no sulfites are added to the blend. The wine is aged in new & old barrels for 12 to 24 months & held in bottle for 1 to 5 years until it is disgorged, corked & released.

Tasting Note: Pale straw in the glass with lovely mineral, dried fruit & citrus zest aromatics that reflect the purest expression of the Montgueux terroir. The palate is vibrantly alive with crisp citrus & melon flavors that are backed by deft acidity & dazzling minerality. The finish resonates with succulent citrus notes.

Pairing: A wonderful match to oysters, seafood and shellfish. And of course, by itself.


Sparkling Rosé de Montgueux: (non-vintage) — Back to the top

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Age of Vines: 35 Years

Yields: 60 hl/ha

Pruning Method: Guyot

Soil: Heavy clay.

Varietals: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir.

Vinification Method: The grapes are harvested by hand at their maximum ripeness before being destemmed & gently pressed. The fruit undergoes complete malolactic fermentation & no sulfites are added to the blend. The wine is aged in new & old barrels for 12 to 24 months & held in bottle for 1 to 5 years until it is disgorged, corked & released. Low dosage (5gm/liter).

Tasting Note: The rosé is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from eastern exposed slopes. Vivacity and fresnhness from the mineral Chardonnay in harmony with the strawberry, peach and raspberry complexities of the Pinot Noir. Smoke and spice, and his signature fine bubbles make this an elegant rosé.


Sparkling Le Coté: (non-vintage) — Back to the top

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Age of Vines: 40 + Years

Yields: 60 hl/ha

Pruning Method: Guyot

Soil: Heavy clay.

Varietals: Chardonnay.

Vinification Method: The grapes are harvested by hand—from 9 different sites—at their maximum ripeness before being destemmed & gently pressed. The fruit undergoes complete malolactic fermentation & no sulfites are added to the blend. The wine is aged in new & old barrels for 12 to 24 months & held in bottle for 1 to 5 years until it is disgorged, corked & released. Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs.

Tasting Note: This cuvée comes from a single vineyard called “Le Cotet”. Here, the 40 + year-old vines are deeply-rooted in the chalky hillside, at the furthest eastern part of the Montgueux vineyards. A mineral wine, very fresh, that exhibits lemony notes on the finish.

Pairing: A wonderful match to oysters, seafood and shellfish.


La Colline Inspiré (non-vintage) — Back to the top

Age of Vines: 40 + Years

Yields: 60 hl/ha

Pruning Method: Guyot

Soil: Heavy clay.

Varietals: Chardonnay.

Vinification Method: The unique path of the Colline Inspirée is that it is vinified and aged entirely in barrel. This process does not add any oak flavoring to the wine as the barrels are old. What it does add is a sumptuous essence of oxidation, similar to a fine aged white burgundy.

Tasting Notes: This wine is opulent and creamy, showing gorgeous hazelnut overtones and fresh baked brioche undertones.

 

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