This is made in the traditional oeil de perdrix style, prevalent in Champagne before Dom Pérignon and his contemporaries began sorting out the press fractions. The blend includes 85 percent Pinot Noir, almost all of it direct pressed, producing a wine with the kind of pale pink color that’s hard to resist. There’s a whisper of tangy, forest-fresh wild strawberries in a brisk, cool springtime scent. The texture is delicate, with creaminess that’s light and ethereal.
On the handful of occasions that I have been fortunate enough to drink the Lasalle Brut Rosé, I have always been struck by what a lovely and superbly elegant example it is, with its delicate salmon color and utterly refined personality. The current release is comprised of a blend of seventy percent pinot noir (six percent of which is still red wine for color) and fifteen percent each chardonnay and pinot meunier. The bouquet is outstanding, jumping from the glass in a blend of tangerine, white cherries, stony minerality, orange peel, bread dough and a gentle, smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and tightly-knit, with a lovely core, frothy mousse, crisp acids and excellent length and grip on the focused and perfectly balanced finish. While the wine is perfectly lovely to drink today, I had such good results aging this wine a few years in my cellar that I would strongly suggest tucking this glorious wine a way for a handful of years and really let it blossom. Just a classic! 92+
The NV Brut Rosé 1er Cru is a pretty rich wine, especially for this address, where the Champagnes are often quite lithe. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure and overall feel, the Rosé offers quite a bit of intensity and persistence. Rose petal, cranberry, mint, citrus and white pepper all add attractive aromatic top notes. In this release, Lassalle's Rosé is a Champagne of real substance and textural depth. (AG)
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