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Champagne Paul Déthune Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne Paul Déthune Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Paul Déthune Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut Grand Cru NV

Touting double 95-point reviews and a familial winemaking history in the village of Ambonnay dating back to the 1600s, this Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut Grand Cru from Champagne Paul Déthune is a modern and impeccably fresh take on a wine dripping with nuance and alluring complexities.

$67
$95

Retail

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Flavor Profile: Key lime, grapefruit, croissant dough, sea spray, chalk, shortbread
Time on Lees: 36 months
Dosage: 5 g/L
Farming Method: Certified HVE
Score: 95

Why We Love It...

We continue to be astounded by the Déthune family’s portfolio – from top to bottom – and consider them to be among the very best of all grower producers throughout Champagne. A bold claim, yes, but one that we stand by after being blown away by each and every wine we’ve tasted from them. This extremely limited production of a rare Ambonnay Blanc de Noir Grand Cru has garnered not one, but two 95-point reviews and is an absolute treasure to behold…one you’ll be delighted to have in your glass promptly.

This family has a rich history in Ambonnay as the second-oldest Champagne producer in the area – with their grape-growing prowess dating back to the early 1600s. In fact, the Déthunes tout an unbroken family line of winemakers starting in 1610 (fun trivia fact: it was the same year Galileo discovered Jupiter’s three moons) – and today, Pierre Déthune focuses on modern winemaking while still honoring times past. The house sits in the pristine village of Ambonnay, one of just 17 villages classified as Grand Cru in all of Champagne, and Pierre and Sophie Déthune have created a name for themselves by developing powerful yet graceful wines, such as today’s Blanc de Noirs.

This wine is made of 100% pinot noir and is vinified in a combination of 33% 205-liter Champagne oak barrels and 33% 34-hl oak turns, while 34% is reserve wine from a period of 40 different years, all vinified in oak tuns. If that sounds like a majestic, unheard-of vinification process, you’d be right – the unimaginable complexity and brilliant levels of nuance certainly show. Another secret? This blend has a huge portion of Ambonnay’s most esteemed fruit from the pinot noir treasure trove of Les Crayeres, one of the most celebrated vineyards in the region! Its fruit lends a delicately chalky and just-right mineral bite that is the signature of this vineyard’s grapes – contributing to a precise tension that perfects the finish.

After maturing for three years on the lees and finishing with a 5 gram-per-liter dosage (a lower dosage than previous iterations, enhancing the freshness and energy without taking from the fresh orchard fruit characters), it opens with aromas of bright key lime, grapefruits, shortbread, and a minerally, almost tonic water-like aroma, with whispers of delicate croissant crust and a pinky’s touch of vanilla toast. The rich notes and sensual texture carry over to the palate, along with a saline quality akin to taking a deep breath of misty, fresh sea air. Balanced, forward, and complex as can be, with a generous personality and spectacularly long finish – this Déthune could easily go for well over $100, yet we nabbed some for less than $70. It feels almost too good to be true, and with complimentary shipping for 3-or-more bottles, it may as well be. Do what you must to make this beauty yours!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Pierre Déthune
Farming Method: Certified HVE
Oak: 33% in 205-liter Champagne oak barrels, 33% in 34 hl oak tuns and 34% of reserve wine from a period of 40 different years aged and vinified in oak tuns
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair it with: Fried calamari with “fritto misto” vegetables

Champagne Paul Déthune Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut Grand Cru NV

$67
$95

Retail

29

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