Champagne Gounel Lassalle, Champagne Brut Nature 1er Cru ‘Le Haut Belai’ NV

£59.50 (75cl)

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Welcome to Ludes and put on your boots! We're off to a plot of land that is shaped like Texas. Le Haut Belai parcel takes its name from the bleating of the sheep that once grazed there. Its wine combines fruitiness (Pinot noir) with chalky notes (Chardonnay) in a subtle oak universe.--------- Arnaud Gounel, Wine-rider

Tasting note

Fine bubbles dance in a satiny, pale-yellow hue with greenish yellow highlights. The flint is immediately expressed on nose, without nuance, in a beautiful and biscuity minerality (grilled mango, red apple, honeysuckle, pear, lemon, blackcurrant, bavarian). The almond is presented here in all its forms, from the small financier to the flaked almond followed by toasted, woody, brioche notes without opulence. This is a wine you can enjoy and travel through, a wine that will amaze you, an ideal model from the wine-rider who skates down his plot. On palate he attack is short and gradually rises in the mouth to take on its fullness. Rich, fresh, creamy, we find the lemon, the pomelo all in greediness. The fruit and minerality merge with the oak showcasing the purity of the terroir. This makes to appreciate the character and the greediness of the which are expressed with precision, purity and great sapidity. The full and harmonious finish soars on the palate, for a definite gastronomic pleasure.

Food pairing

Breton lobster au gratin with lobster butter, rice risotto; Pork loin confit, onion and potato puree; Mushroom Risotto and Parmesan; Veal Tournedos, butternut squash with hazelnut and truffle slivers; Grilled Lamb Chops and golden turnips; Maroilles cheese

About the producer

The history of the Gounel-Lassalle family began at the end of the 19th century in Chigny les Roses, a village in the heart of the mountains of Reims, classified as Premier Cru. Gabriel and Alfred Lassalle bought the first vines to cultivate them. Two generations follow one another. Hélène born Lassalle married Gounel and Pierre Gounel is their grandson. Today Arnaud, a passionate winegrower, in love with his vines and his wines, perpetuates this tradition passed on for 4 generations. A passionate winegrower, Arnaud Gounel transcends his roots with Sophie, his spark. He continues on his path, elaborating his wines with passion in order to one day pass on his terroir and his family know-how to his two sons Leonard and Marius, who will continue to write the history of Champagne Gounel Lassalle. The vineyard, labelled as High Environmental Value (HVE) level 3A, sustainable viticulture in Champagne (VDC) extends over 5 hectares, spread over 29 plots located in the villages of Chigny les roses, Ludes and Rilly la montagne, classified as Premier Cru.

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