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Champagne Paul Déthune Blanc de Noirs Les Crayeres Extra Brut Grand Cru 2016 Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne Paul Déthune Blanc de Noirs Les Crayeres Extra Brut Grand Cru 2016 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Paul Déthune Blanc de Noirs Les Crayeres Extra Brut Grand Cru 2016

Heritage Ambonnay family and a legendary name, Paul Dethune’s Les Crayeres packs a powerful pinot punch to the palate for a price that’s worth salivating over! 100% pinot noir Champagne from one of the most coveted vineyards in the region…now 40% off!

$119
$199

Retail

40
Flavor Profile: Pink Lady apples, jasmine tea with a squeeze of lemon, saltwater taffy, chipped river rocks, and sushi ginger
Time on Lees: 56 months
Disgorgement Date: January 2022
Dosage: 5 g/L
Farming Method: HVE Certified

Why We Love It...

Like each of his forebears, Pierre Déthune has created his own style of Champagne – rooted in family tradition yet ever-evolving – the one constant being the grassy lands of Ambonnay. History, pedigree, location…this wine has the resume that would rival any producer in Champagne. Just over 300 cases were made of this, and barely any were brought into the USA! For 40% off, you, too, can own a Champagne with practically royal lineage!

The Déthune name is gold in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay. They’ve been growing grapes in the region since the 1600s, and are the second-oldest family in Ambonnay. They know a thing or two about grape growing, and pinot noir in general, and their cuvees, including the Les Crayeres Extra Brut, tastes like the royalty they are. 

Les Crayeres is aptly named after the soil content upon which it sits. Limestone and chalk are the hallowed base of this cuvee’s vines, and therefore, it’s a mineral-driven beauty with all of the best characteristics of a great Champagne.  All in all, it is a perfect marriage that expresses the 1.5-hectare plot of over 50-year-old vines. A judicious use of liqueur d’expedition at only 5 grams per liter ensures that the brilliance of the wine shines, not the makeup that might mask its flavors and textures. With 56 months on the lees – that’s nearly 6 years for anyone who’s math-averse – it’s got a richness that’s further enhanced by the virtue of the grapes grown in Ambonnay. Pink lady apples, jasmine tea, and saltwater taffy are the flavors du jour, offering both complexity and deliciousness. 

This wine is 100% pinot noir, aged in 205-liter Champagne barrels and bottled without filtration. Powerfully rich, impressively intense, and playfully elegant, this Champagne is exceptional even in its youth, but there is no denying it – the best years are yet to come! Enticing aromas of cherry blossoms, rose water, lime leaf, and fresh-from-the-oven brioche saunter out the glass (and speaking of glass – definitely opt for the wide-mouthed Burgundy bowls on this one, friends). The bubbles explode on the tongue – revealing flavors of Pink Lady apples, jasmine tea with a squeeze of lemon, saltwater taffy, and sushi ginger, all with this tingly vein of chipped river rocks throughout. It has a complex and powerful finish that goes on, and on, seemingly forever!

** (Side note: the word “crayère” means chalk pit and is a common term throughout Reims, so beware of cheaper look-alikes that don’t actually hail from this tiny Grand Cru site)! **

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Pierre Dethune
Farming Method: HVE Certified
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair it with: Veal Tenderloin with demi-glace and roasted root vegetables and mushrooms

Champagne Paul Déthune Blanc de Noirs Les Crayeres Extra Brut Grand Cru 2016

$119
$199

Retail

40

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