Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV [6/cs]

champagne delamotte blanc de blancs nv
France Champagne
Chardonnay
Type: Sparkling Wine
Vintage: Non-Vintage
Delamotte is one of the oldest wineries in Champagne. Established in 1760 in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, it is the “little sister” property to the legendary Champagne Salon. They share viticultural, enological, and managerial teams as well as terroir. Champagne Salon does not produce a wine every vintage. One of the great “secrets” in the wine game is that in years when Salon does not produce a wine, the fruit is allocated to Delamotte for use in the non-vintage Blanc de Blancs Brut.

 

The goal of Delamotte’s Blanc de Blancs is to express the remarkable Grand Cru terroirs of Le Mesni-sur-Oger, Oger, Avize, and Cramant. The instrument? Chardonnay. The chalky Grand Cru vineyards grow a particularly austere expression of the grape. To introduce richness and texture, Delamotte holds their wines for four to five years in bottle on the lees before disgorging. The legal minimum time spent in  bottle for non-vintage Champagne is 15 months, and this extended bottle ageing produces complexity not commonly found in a non-vintage Blanc de Blancs. It is a beautiful expression of the grape’s delicacy and elegance, fermented in stainless steel with little dosage.

 

“A really fresh, exuberant and expressive Chardonnay-based Champagne here that offers a nose of white peaches and lemon-lime citrus fruits. On the palate, there’s a sorbet-like texture with lime and nectarine flavours that’s smoothly arranged to precision. A gently nutty finish.”

92 points, JamesSuckling.com, Oct 2016

 

“Light yellow. Mineral-tinged peach, melon and pear aromas display excellent clarity, picking up a subtle floral quality with aeration.  Supple and seamless on the palate, offering vivid honeydew and pit fruit flavours accented by a vibrant lemon zest quality.  Finishes very long, silky and precise, with an echo of juicy melon and strong mineral lift.”

92 points, Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, Jan 2015

 

“Aged 48 months on lees. Contains the raw material that would have been used for Salon between 2008 and 2011. Mealy, light, quite faint fruit on the nose at the moment, but there is a purity to it which is very attractive. On the finish, the yeasty character is excellent, and there is a lovely sea-salt note to finish. The nose is bound to open up in due course. Drink 2017 – 2027.”

17+ points, Jancis Robinson, Sept 2017
 

“This subtle Champagne offers a refined, creamy mousse and flavors of Asian pear, toasted almond and lemon parfait, underscored by chalky minerality. Elegant. Drink now through 2019.”

91 points, Wine Spectator, Nov 2016

 

“An expressive nose combines a variety of citrus elements along with lovely brioche and yeast scents. There is excellent punch to the delicious, complex and nicely voluminous flavors that are underpinned by a moderately firm mousse before terminating in a balanced and attractively dry finale. This is really quite good for a basic house brut and worth a look.”

91 points, burghound.com, Oct 2016