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Diebolt-Vallois Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Millisime 2012

$59.99

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Full of rich, toasty brioche and dollops of lemon curd; the decadence is tempered by that unmistakable Côte des Blancs chalk and a fine, racy acidity. A second sip reveals notes of white flowers, citrus blossom, orchard fruit (pear, perhaps quince?) and an unmistakable salinity, drawing out the mineral finish even longer.

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Diebolt-Vallois may have only 11 hectares of vines, but they are mostly found in a Grand Cru village so well-known for its Chardonnay that even casual connoisseurs will be familiar: Cramant. There are two keys to Cramant's success. First, is chalk, which lies just below a thin stratum of soil. This gives the wines their mineral notes and special texture. Second is perfect orientation, with vines facing mostly southeast—just as they do in the great Chardonnay villages of the Côte d’Or.

As you might expect, D-V specializes in Chardonnay. However, surprisingly for a producer of this size, the domaine also has small holdings on the Montagne de Reims and in the Côte des Bar where they grow a little Pinot Noir and Meunier.

Farming and winemaking are artisanal and traditional here. Reserve wines are stored in giant wooden casks that rest in a cellar carved out of the chalk that lies below the winery. Malolactic fermentations are allowed to proceed naturally, giving warmth and richness to the Champagnes. Dosage is on the low side.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Vintage

    2012

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Traditional

  • Style

    Elegant , Floral , Fruity

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied