Demarne Frison - Blanc de Blancs 'Lalore' Brut Nature NV
$470.00 was $660.00
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Ah, the Côte des Bar. Land of grower champagne darlings Cédric Bouchard, Vouette & Sorbée, Marie-Courtin, and Jacques Lassaigne who are championing the mineral-inflicted terroir of the region primarily through biodynamic winemaking.
'Lalore' is vigneron Thierry De Marne's exuberant idea of Blanc de Blancs from Aube, meaning that it is 100% Chardonnay, which is relatively rare in this more Pinot Noir dominant region. It's sourced from his parcel of Les Cotannes, showing a rich depth and a vinousness that reminds of top white Burgundy. No surprise then that Thierry buys all his used barriques from the Chablis cooperative La Chablisienne, and of course works only with natural yeasts and no chaptalization. Disgorged October 2011.
Annual Prodution: Less than 1,500 btls per year
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Terroir: Portlandian soil
Viticulture: Organic (Certified in 2007)
Winemaking: No chaptalization, natural yeast fermentation, and used barrique.
Disgorgement Date: October 2011
Dosage: 0 g/l
Drinking Window: 2015-2020
Thierry De Marne first took over his family's 6 hectare estate in 1997, although he sold everything to the local cooperative since his maternal grandfather was the president! In a way, this family connection drove Thierry to constantly improve the quality of his grapes, since he certainly didn't want to be selling bad fruit to his grandpa. He started his conversion to organic certification in 2003, and was allowed to label his wines organic in 2007.
Once he got his certification, his friend Bertrand Gautherot, of Vouette et Sorbée, convinced him that it was time to start making wines. He began with only 4,000 bottles across both his wines: Goustan and Lalore, sourcing the fruit from three parcels, “La Chevetrée,” “Les Clos de la Cote,” and “Les Cotannes.”