Region: Champagne, France
Perfect with: Oysters, Roasted Marron, Camembert, Foie Gras
Ageing Potential: Drink now - 2020
Why you’ll love it?
Founded in 1760 by vineyard owner François Delamotte, Champagne Delamotte is the fifth oldest house in the champagne region. Champagne Delamotte has been established in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for over 250 years. Since 1988 it has joined forces with the prestigious Champagne Salon. So in the years where they don't make Salon Champagne (which range from $600-$2000 a bottle), the grapes turn into Delamotte Champagnes. They only source their Chardonnay grapes from Grand Cru villages of the Côte des Blancs, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Cramant. The grapes rarely ripen fully this far north and the resulting wines are light with searing acidity. Champagne Delamotte wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks, no oak and spend 4 to 5 years on the less prior to riddling and disgorgement. This length of time on the lees allows Delamotte Blanc de Blancs to mellow both structurally and aromatically creating unique flavours. Low dosage is added to the wines as Delamotte favours allowing the vineyards to express themselves, creating mineral style wines. Only 10% of reserves wines are used and only 10,000 bottles are produced annually. The only difference between the vintage and NV Blanc de Blancs is simply more time on lees, so they're effectively the same wine, which makes the NV great value.
Pale yellow in colour. Nose offers aromas of white peach, melon, pear and jasmine. Palate is medium bodied, nutty and chalky creaminess with great acidity and a silky long finish. Flavours of peaches, honeydew melon, zesty lemon curd, toast and biscuit. The Delamotte has an understated level of complexity that is only found in the greatest Blanc de Blancs.
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