LALLIER BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT Another new find for me is Lallier Blanc de Blancs Brut (about $50 at Total Wine). This Champagne is made from 100 percent chardonnay grapes, 60 percent of them from vineyards in Ay, where winemaking dates back to the Roman era. The Lallier house was founded there in 1906. Its blanc de blanc is a pale green-gold, almost silvery, with a nose of toast, almonds and citrus, and columns of brisk bubbles. On the tongue, the wine’s velvety creaminess is braced with an undernote of minerals. The almond and toast flavors join soft apricot and crisp lime for a beautifully balanced mouthful. This Champagne too would pair beautifully with seafood, especially sushi, or with roasted chicken or goat cheese. I’d like it best with dessert — something luscious like a Grand Marnier souffle, or vanilla ice cream topped with caramelized white peach slices. That would keep me happy until I score that next ticket to France. istockphoto
Fly Away. Vol. 10, No. 5. Copyright 2017.