The first bottle labels signed by Champagne LALLIER date back to 1906, when the Champagne house was founded by René LALLIER (1861 – 1938), who had married into a prestigious Champenois family. LALLIER has been deeply rooted in the village of Aÿ ever since. The shield that proudly adorns its labels symbolises the historical roots of the Lallier name. In 1936, Aÿ was one of the seventeen villages to be classified as ‘‘Grand Cru” in Champagne, a clear indication of the quality of the grapes that grow on its famous hillsides and the remarkable wines they produce.
Lallier’s R.015 is the reflection of a radiant year. Winter passed without pressure from frosts or pests and from mid-May, the weather turned very hot and dry. It remained this way right through to August (like in 2003, 1976 and 1951). This exceptional climatic stability was accentuated by significant daily temperature variations (cool nights and intense heat at midday). The prolonged dry conditions began to cause concern at the start of ripening as the grapes began to show signs of hydric stress, but at long last in the middle of August downfalls of rain hit the vineyards for 2 weeks. At last, the grapes began to swell and the occurence of rot was avoided thanks to a drop in temperatures. Everything fell back into place and the harvest began happily on 6th September with perfect sanitary conditions. A year of superlatives worthy of a great vintage, with the promise of extraordinary quality.
An intense nose of crisp green apple leads into a very ripe, rounded, apple and lemon-fruited palate, a reflection of the warmth of the 2015 vintage that this cuvée expresses. Lallier worried that the vintage would be too warm for great Champagne, but a drop in temperatures, plus a little rain, a couple of weeks before picking rescued the freshness and maintined this wine’s vital acidity. A very approachable and seriously enjoyable vintage-character wine.