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Our “Champagne of the Month” for June 2019 is produced by Adrien Dhondt of Champagne Dhondt-Grellet from the village of Flavigny, located to the East of Avize on the Côte des Blancs. The six hectare domaine began when Adrien’s parents decided to cease selling their grapes and began producing their own wines in 1986. The majority of their holdings are in Chouilly, Cramant and Cuis where the Chardonnay can be found along with some Pinot Noir from Avenay-Val-d’Or.
The cuvée “Les Nogers” is a vintage wine coming from the 2012 harvest and is named after the parcel from which the wine is produced. “Les Nogers” is located in Cuis at the Northern end of the Côte des Blancs where the soil consists famously of chalk. Yields are kept low and the plot is farmed organically and the average age of the vines is 55 years. Consisting of 100% Chardonnay, vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks where it undergoes malolactic fermentation. No filtering or tartaric stabilisation takes place and the wine has no chaptalisation. It was bottled in May 2013 and disgorged in March 2018 with a dosage of 2.4gl and sealed with a natural cork. Alcohol is at 12% abv.
Tasted: 22nd May 2019 at 18:40
Appearance: Pale, lemon.
Characteristics: Medium (+) intensity with primary aromas of lemon rind, lemon juice, grapefruit, orange peel, elderflower, acacia, sasparilla, pineapple, pineapple cubes, passion fruit, white peach, quince, Bramley apple and a chalky minerality. There are secondary notes of buttered brioche, toast and bread dough. Tertiary aromas include hay, nutty, hazelnut and honey. The mousse is delicate and the finish long.
This is an outstanding wine, vibrant with minerality as you would expect from Cuis and beautifully balanced. Drinking excellently now, it certainly has potential for further aging.
Price circa €52.00