La Colline Inspirée Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs NV
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Appellation Champagne (Montgueux)
Wine Type Sparkling
Vineyard From parcels La Grande Côte, Les Paluets and Bouillerate. All planted to Chardonnay across the street from Lassaigne's house overlooking the valley between Montgueux and Troyes. Average age of vines for this cuvee is 45 years old. Yields are 45-60 hectoliters per hectare.
Soil Heavy clay and chalk.
Viticulture All his parcels are farmed organically with extra emphasis placed on picking at optimum ripeness. Simple Guyot pruning is employed. Lassaigne adds sulfur at harvest in order to keep the fruit from oxidizing.
Vinification The grapes are harvested by hand at maximum ripeness, destemmed and lightly pressed. The chardonnay experiences a élevage of 24-36 months on the lees in used Burgundy barriques (4-20 years old). No new oak and no bâtonnage. Malolactic fermentation completes naturally. The wine is disgorged after 3 to 5 years in bottle. The domaine has been disgorging by hand and without sulfur for 32 years.
Aging Aged 3 to 5 years sur lattes before disgorgement. No dosage.
Notes La Colline Inspirée translates to “inspired hill”. “Wood was used for the first time in a cuvée called La Colline Inspirée, which takes its name from a poem by André Massey. First made in the 2004 vintage, it comes entirely from vines over 45 years old in three different parcels in Montgueux—La Grande Côte, Les Paluets and Bouillerate—and two-thirds of it was fermented in barrel.” - Peter Liem
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