Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2012 [6/cs]

Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2012 [6/cs]

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France Champagne
Chardonnay
Type: Sparkling Wine
Vintage: 2012

Since its acquisition in 1988 by Laurent-Perrier, Delamotte has been twinned with Salon, one of Champagne’s most prestigious small houses. Delamotte has both gained and lost by the association: gained, in that some of Salon’s reputation has tended to rub off on Delamotte, and lost, because Delamotte is frequently portrayed—though not by the house’s team, of course—as something of a “second wine” to Salon. Though both are Chardonnay specialists emphasizing their home village Mesnil-sur-Oger, in reality, the styles are quite distinct. Delamotte’s wines undergo malolactic fermentation and, in profile, are creamier, more textural and giving, displaying an elegantly autolytic character while eschewing any extremes of Maillard-derived toastiness. Average production amounts to some 750,000 bottles per year, and the estate’s emblematic cuvées are its non-vintage and vintage Blanc de Blancs; the latter especially is a very serious wine, and recent renditions are especially good. In fact, the 2008 may be one of the more underrated wines from this superb vintage on the market, and it’s arguably this cuvée that suffers the most by Delamotte’s position in Salon’s shadow. These wines age well, and old non-vintage Delamotte can be a great bargain in the auction or brokerage market. I’m currently finishing up a case from the early 1980s from my cellar in Burgundy, and every bottle has been terrific.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate on Champagne Delamotte, Aug 2019

 

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. Vineyard location is the key that guides Delamotte’s house style: elegant, focused, expressive. All vineyards are sourced from Grand Cru sites.

 

“A worthy successor to the super 2008, Delamotte’s 2012 Blanc de Blancs is performing very well—despite the fact that it was disgorged as recently as June 2019. Opening in the glass with aromas of citrus oil, dried white flowers, smoke and wheat toast, it’s medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a bright girdle of acidity, well-integrated dosage and a fine mousse, the muscularity of the vintage rendered with uncommon finesse. While this is quite expressive for such a recently disgorged vintage Delamotte, the rewards of even only a few years’ patience will be considerable.

94+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Aug 2019

 

“Delamotte’s 2012 Brut Vintage is rich, creamy and super-expressive. This is only the second vintage (the first was 2008) in which fruit from Oiry rounds out the classic core of Le Mesnil, Oger and Cramant that forms the backbone of the Vintage. Dried pear, white flowers, chamomile and mint are some of the notes that grace this exquisite understated Blanc de Blancs. The 2012 offers terrific depth and textural resonance in a creamy, expressive style that captures the radiant personality of the year and the understated, quiet voice that is such a Delamotte signature.”

94 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2019

 

“The 2012 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs is a simply stunning wine from this exciting vintage in Champagne. The intoxicating, highly perfumed nose begins with aromas of orchard fruits, white rose, wild mushroom and peat moss tones that combine with suggestions of freshly baked sourdough bread. The texture and silky mouthfeel impresses, as bright green apple, kumquat zest and a strong salinity all work in harmony on the palate. Seamless and thrilling throughout, with a lively acidity this gorgeous Champagne should cellar well for the next fifteen plus years. 2019-2035.”

94 points, International Wine Report, Sept 2019

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