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Champagne Paul Déthune Princesse des Thunes Prestige Extra Brut Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne Paul Déthune Princesse des Thunes Prestige Extra Brut Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Paul Déthune Princesse des Thunes Prestige Extra Brut Grand Cru NV

Over 30% Off Grand Cru Grower Champagne!

$78
$115

Retail

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Flavor Profile: Red apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, d’Anjou pears, green apples, brioche, marjoram, thyme, slate and clay
Time on Lees: 36 months
Dosage: 5 g/L
Farming Method: Certified HVE

Why We Love It...

I’ve said it once before, and I’ll say it yet again… if Audrey Hepburn was a wine… this is that wine! More Princess Anne a la Roman Holiday than Holly Golightly but still… that’s how I’d begin to describe this latest offering from the good folks at Champagne Paul Déthune. Timeless. Gorgeous. Classy. Half each pinot noir and chardonnay, with a whopping 30% of the wine hailing from Déthune’s enviable stash of oak-aged tuns of 40+ year old reserve solera! 100% delectable, top-notch Grand Cru Champagne… for over 30% less than the suggested retail!

Pierre Déthune is the latest in a long line of vintners going all the way back to 1610. Like each of his forebears, Pierre has created his own style of Champagne – rooted in tradition, yet ever-evolving – the one constant being the grassy lands of Ambonnay. As of late, they’ve been busy with the final stages of their vineyards becoming ‘certified’ organic – even though they have farmed that way for years, and have been moving in that direction for over a decade plus. Exciting times for the family, and we still can’t get enough of this entire portfolio.

The Princesse des Thunes is a 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, with the addition of 30% reserve wine from lots going all the way back to the 1970s. The wine is all barrel aged, resulting in a “mature” style of Champagne that abounds with complexity – spicy, savory, and earthy tones, with the faintest whisper of oxidation adding even further depth. This is comparable in style to Krug, at a price tag nowhere near that $200+ mark! If ever a $78 bottle of Champagne could be championed for its incredible value, this is that champion!

Located in the pristine hamlet of Ambonnay – one of only 17 villages rated as "Grand Cru" in the whole of Champagne – Pierre and Sophie Déthune have become known for their powerful yet delicate wines that over-deliver in quality and value with great frequency. 

The pinot noir takes charge of the aromatics in this bottling, with an elegant nose of summer strawberries and raspberries, followed by floral notes of apple blossoms and cider spices. On the palate, the wine showcases red apples, with accents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, followed by baked d’Anjou pears, crisp and fresh green apples, plus toasted brioche, with delicate herb notes of marjoram and thyme. The finish resolves with a bright and stony note – as wet slate and baked clay sensations guide you into a lush and creamy denouement. 

We got everything the importer had of this fresh, new bottling, and made sure that he earmarked the next shipping container for us as well! It’s not enough, sadly, and any of you that enjoyed the previous bottle of this wine (or really, anything from the fantastic Déthune portfolio) are already loading up your carts! I’m snagging our four bottle limit for employees… and hopefully four more from a future delivery, too!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay
Winemaker: Pierre Déthune
Farming Method: Certified HVE
Oak: 34 hl oak tuns
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair it with: Creamy Pumpkin/squash soup, with creme fraiche and fresh herbs

About the Producer

Since 1820, Ameztoi has been the most respected producer in the region of Getariako Txakolina. They produce both traditional wines in large barrels and they were the inventor of rosé txakolina and one of the first to do méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines in the region. They own 20 hectares of vineyards planted high on the seaside cliffs of the village of Getaria. Ignacio Ameztoi is fifth generation and has played an important role in the development and innovation in Getariako Txakolina over the last 10 years.

Champagne Paul Déthune Princesse des Thunes Prestige Extra Brut Grand Cru NV

$78
$115

Retail

32

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