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Champagne Daniel Hulin et Fils Ambonnay Brut Tradition Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Daniel Hulin et Fils Ambonnay Brut Tradition Grand Cru NV

Fantastic Value Ambonnay Champagne!

$38
$72

Retail

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Flavor Profile: Flowering sage, marjoram, thyme, golden pears, lemon, Mirabelle plums, spiced apples, flint, with a coppery, river rock minerality
Time on Lees: 24 months
Dosage: 6 g/L

Why We Love It...

The Hulin family has their house just a few doors down the street from Egly-Ouriet, in the beloved Montagne de Reims village of Ambonnay. This Grand Cru village produces the finest pinot noir-based sparkling wines in the world, and this tiny récoltant-coopérateur is a hidden gem of a wine that seriously impresses for the price!

Rather unique in the récoltant-coopérateur world is the Hulin practice of aging their vin clair in barrels for a full year before bringing their wine to their village co-op to have the transformation to a sparkling wine handled off-site. Their little farm shed of a winery is simply too small to make the sparkling on-site – and the local co-op in Ambonnay is as good as you’ll find anywhere in Champagne. A small portion of their fruit goes into the collection of countless other growers, to be blended and stand as the base wine for the Ambonnay co-ops' own release. But this…a tiny amount of their own labor, and prized fruit of their own land, gets separate treatment – to create a unique cuvee that is specially for the Hulin family.

This “Tradition” cuvee is based mostly on pinot noir, with a smaller portion of chardonnay. Aromas of sappy and flowering herbs take flight from the moment the wine bubbles up – a veritable garden of flowering sage, marjoram, and thyme. As the mousse settles, golden pears and lightly oxidized aromas give an initial warmth and depth to the wine, immediately brightened by flavors of lemon, and Mirabelle plums, with a coppery, river rock minerality. Spiced apple and pear sensations round out the mouthfeel, with a warm, flinty smokiness that carries this into a long, balanced finish. The time in barrel lends this considerable depth not often found in Champagne under $40 – and the tell-tale signs of Ambonnay’s Grand Cru status grant this a pedigree worth pursuing. The overall style elevates the wine to something comparable at twice the price, and this is definitely a hidden gem that over-delivers. 

This was one of those random “meet-cute” finds for us – a sample bottle, sent from an unfamiliar source, that specializes in a different region entirely, alongside a series of other samples that didn’t make the cut. This cuvee nevertheless stood out immediately – leaving us floored, and titillating with excitement. We got all that we could – even though we know next to nothing about the producer, or the exact, chalky limestone plots in Ambonnay that produce this surprising elixir. But the quality was beyond any doubt, and once we locked in such an exceptional price – we just knew we had to share it with you all! Snag a couple bottles of this Ambonnay Grand Cru stunner before the FIZZ FEST madness begins in earnest! You’ll be forever grateful that you did!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Vineyard: Ambonnay
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy

Champagne Daniel Hulin et Fils Ambonnay Brut Tradition Grand Cru NV

$38
$72

Retail

47

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