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Champagne Christophe Dechannes Tradition Brut NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Christophe Dechannes Tradition Brut NV

From a favorite producer of ours in the Côte des Bar, this 100% pinot noir Champagne checks all the boxes: fresh, fleshy, balanced, grand, and utterly pleasing! Plus, it’s 50% off and boasts a fetching 95-point review!

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Flavor Profile: Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, lime leaf, creamsicle, and flecks of minerality with solid, rocky end
Time on Lees: 15 months
Dosage: 8 g/L
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices

Why We Love It...

This wine is fantastic for three reasons: the first is pinot noir’s full, luscious body on display, showing off its plush roundness and powerful structure. Second, I can’t help but love that this comes from one of our favorite wine-making families in all of Champagne! You may already be familiar with Champagne Gallimard – they happen to be a long-standing favorite here at Last Bubbles HQ that we’ve shared and sipped on for many years – well, this estate is headed up by Laura Dechannes of the highly respected Dechannes family – who just so happens to be Arnaud Gallimard’s wife. She serves as assistant winemaker, under her father, Christophe, in addition to wearing the myriad hats of sales rep, admin, and generally cool-as-all-get-out hostess with the most-est). Finally, we love an underdog here at Last Bubbles, and for far too long, the Côte des Bar area of the Aube has long played second fiddle to the rest of the Champagne region. Intrepid producers like the Gallimard and Dechannes families have helped to elevate it and thrust it into the spotlight – crafting bubbly as good as any other main in Champagne...and at a price like this, with a score like this has… it is all simply too impressive to ignore! 

Laura Dechannes and her family are known for their stellar lineup of wines and their entrenchment in the Côte des Bar area, bringing attention to the fabulous but completely underrated village of Les Riceys. Les Riceys has the distinction of being the only village (of the 319 in Champagne) that includes all three of the region’s AOCs: Champagne, Rosé des Riceys, and Coteaux Champenois. Pinot noir dominates, though there is a smattering of meunier and chardonnay for good measure. 

Located in the Côte des Bar area of the Aube of Champagne, Les Riceys is the most southerly of Champagne’s growing districts. It is so far south that it just about meets Burgundy. It even shares the same soil type as parts of Burgundy: kimmeridgian, a mixture of limestone, clay, and marine fossils. For many years, the Côte des Bar fought for inclusion in Champagne’s territories, and in 1927, the area got its wish, becoming the fifth growing district of the Champagne-Ardennes area after the Montagne de Reims, Vallee de Marne, Côte des Blancs, and Côte de Sézanne. It also happens to be the largest winemaking village in all of Champagne since it comprises three formerly fortified villages: Les Ricey-Bas, Les Riceys-Haut, and Les Riceys-Haute-Rive. But even though it’s the largest area in all of Champagne, wines from this village are rather rare. 

This Tradition cuveé is 100% pinot noir with 60% coming from the 2021 vintage in the family’s holdings surrounding Les Riceys, and 40% from the family’s perpetual reserve. The wine shows a fleshy richness, and elegant opulence – with a preponderance of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and lime leaf sensations. A creamy, citrus accent – not unlike an old-school creamsicle from the local drug store follows on the palate, with a conclusion that tightens up considerably, with flecks of minerality and a solid, rocky finish.  It’s a sternly crowd-pleasing style of bubble with loads of depth and balance throughout the flavor profile. The 8 grams of dosage provides a fullness of ripe fruit, while a relatively short aging period on the lees grants it a delicate youthfulness and freshness. If you can, I’d urge you to procure at least a 6-pack of this 95-point stunner! I can assure you, it’s well worth it! 

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Côte des Bar
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Christophe Dechannes
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Alcohol: 12%
Production: 200
Pair it with: Sautéed mushroom vol-au-vents

About the Producer

Champagne Christophe Dechannes stands as a venerable testament to the artistry and dedication of winemaking in the heart of the Champagne region. Founded by the visionary Christophe Dechannes, the house seamlessly intertwines a profound respect for centuries-old traditions with a forward-looking commitment to innovation. From the meticulously tended vineyards to the historic cellars, each bottle encapsulates the spirit of the terroir, meticulously crafted from the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. With a focus on sustainable practices and a deep connection to the land, Champagne Christophe Dechannes produces exceptional cuvées that capture the essence of the region's unique character. This house invites enthusiasts to partake in a sensory journey, where every effervescent sip tells a story of family heritage, expertise, and an enduring passion for creating Champagnes of timeless elegance and distinction.

Champagne Christophe Dechannes Tradition Brut NV

$35
$70

Retail

50

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