Champagne Lallier R. 018 Brut

Vintage Champagne is often a reflection of an exceptional harvest, as many producers opt to create non-vintage selections that represent the house style. Creating a designated year’s selection shows that all season’s elements aligned perfectly to create a standout product.

Champagne Lallier R. 018 Brut ($55) is an example of this perfection. With 70% of the fruit coming from the 2016 vintage, the sparkling wine is a blend of 56% Pinot Noir and 44% Chardonnay. Aged 36 months en triage (on the lees), delivering just the right amount of yeasty breadiness in the bubble without overwhelming it.

The resulting Brut Champagne is fresh and lively, with complexity, balance, and refinement.  The sparkler opens with aromas of white flowers, freshly baked brioche, golden citrus, and honey, followed by a palate of ripe apple and pear, lemon balm, earthy wild mushroom, and hazelnut. Accessible and approachable, perfect as an aperitif or paired with end-of-summer favorites.

And as we are wrapping up the end of the summer season and getting ready for cooler temperatures, the Champagne House has partnered with Food 52 to create the ideal end-of-summer picnic basket curated by internet chef Alison Roman. The $85 kit includes all the ingredients needed for a lovely lentil salad, perfect to highlight the subtle earthy notes of the Champagne.