Voluntarily limited production
”Less is more”. This famous quote from the architect, Mies van der Rohe, neatly sums up LALLIER’s ethos. Whilst so many aim for higher and higher production levels, our Champagne house has chosen the wiser path: a limited production of 400,000 bottles per year. For Francis Tribaut, this is the only way to meet the rigorous in-house quality demands and those of its loyal customers.
In order to produce Champagnes of exceptional quality, LALLIER only vinifies the highest quality grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This Burgundy-inspired style shows once again that the quality of its champagnes is central to LALLIER’s values.
The Oger winery contains a large number of temperature-controlled stainless steel vats in varying sizes, which allow the different base wines to be kept separate throughout the vinification process. The result is an incredibly diverse profile of aromas and flavours that express their unique personality and terroir.
Francis Tribaut has been using home-made yeasts for the wines’ alcoholic fermentation since 2007. These are grown and developed using natural yeasts sourced from Chardonnay grapes in the ”Loridon’‘ Aÿ Grand Cru , the domaine’s best parcel. Thanks to years of practice, LALLIER’s house style is well defined and the traditional technique of producing yeasts has been perfected.
In order to retain the freshness and authenticity of the end product, each year Francis Tribaut selects the still wines which will or will not undergo malolactic fermentation, depending on the profile of the wine and the vintage. This flexible approach guarantees that the champagnes will have excellent ageing potential.
The yearly blending process is the magic moment when the LALLIER style emerges. A small amount of reserve wines (20%) is incorporated into the blend in order to guarantee the intense, creamy taste that makes LALLIER unique.
The dosage liqueur is made using still wines intended for the production of two of our emblematic Champagnes: Blanc de Blancs and Ouvrage Grands Crus. LALLIER believes in the importance of letting each blend express its unique terroir and preserving the wine’s original aromatic profile. Our liqueur dosage is therefore kept as low as possible in order to respect the intrinsic qualities of each Champagne.
Each Champagne reflects its true personality. On the nose and on the palate, the champagnes are open, generous and complex, with a texture which is often referred to as creamy and indulgent.