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Our “Champagne of the Month” for January 2017 comes from Pierre Déthune who is based in the village of Ambonnay on the Montagne de Reims.
Pierre cultivates 7 hectares of vines in Ambonnay, famed for its Pinot Noir. As well as using organic farming methods, he produces 20% of his own electricity through the use of solar panels situated on the cuverie roof. 20% of his water usage is attained by collecting rain water. This ecological approach has seen Pierre awarded the HVE certificate (Haute Valeur Environnementale), granted for all-round sustainable agriculture.
The cuvée “Princesse des Thunes” is a non-vintage wine consisting of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Vinification takes place in a combination of foudres and Champagne pièces (205 litre barrels). 65% of the blend comes from a single harvest (the base of ours being 2004) whilst the reserve wines are taken from a method similar to solera, aged for approximately 40 years. Malolactic fermentation is carried out and the dosage is 10gl. This wine was bottled in May 2005 and disgorged in September 2011. Alcohol is 12.5% by volume.
Appearance: Pale to medium, lemon.
Nose: Oxidative, creaminess, butter, honey, vanilla, toast, charred wood/smoky, brioche, hazelnuts, caramel, fudge, tobacco, candied fruits, pineapple.
Palate: Hints of tropical fruit – pineapple and passion fruit. Oxidative notes, honey, toast, charred wood, brioche, hazelnuts, vanilla, cream, butter, shortbread, pastry, candied fruits and lees.
This wine is deliberately produced in an oxidative style and has been crafted with delicate balance where the primary flavours are still at the fore. It is rich and quite decadent - the secondary flavours giving real depth.
Price circa €38.00