Rare, Single-Site & Vintage Champagnes
The Dehours’ Estate makes wines from the family vineyards, following methods of production that respect biodiversity (working the ground and allowing grass to grow between the vines). The wines are eagerly sought after by Champagne enthusiasts for their renowned 'Meunier style'; bold, flavourful and demonstrating a clear terroir-orientated approach.
“I have a few beliefs: the respect of natural elements and their expression, the importance of detail. History and passionate commitment give a soul to the wine… The manner matters as much as the result.” - Jérôme Dehours
- JÉRÔME DEHOURS - LIEU DIT – “BRISEFER” 2012 - $145
The “Brisefer” Extra Brut is from a vineyard planted entirely to chardonnay, from the bottom of a gentle slope, planted between 1966 and 1992. The vineyard is east facing with clay soil which has leeched out most of its limestone. Our grandfather, pioneer of grower champagne, saw that this was a perfect plot for champagne and used it for his top of the range wine. The wine goes through full malolactic fermentation and fully aged on lees, in 200L, 300L and 500L barrels and clarified by natural settling, without filtration or fining. The bottling date and disgorgement date are printed on the back labels.
The bouquet offers a fine, maturing nose of baked apples and pears, lemon curd, toasted almond, lovely spiced soil tones and just a touch of buttery oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and complex, with lovely tertiary aromas. It is a rock solid core, fine soil signature, bright acid and impressive length and grip on the focused finish. Bottled in June 2013. 1,474 bottles produced, no dosage. Disgorgement October 2019.
- JÉRÔME DEHOURS - LIEU DIT – “CÔTE EN BOSSES” 2011 - $145
The “Côte en Bosses” is an old vine blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and meunier. The story has it that once in the past, some dead meunier vines were mistakenly replaced by another variety. Today, having the three varieties together is part of the identity of this plot. When only one grape variety is planted in a particular plot then the underlying terroir of that plot is masked by the inherent characteristics of that grape. By having multiple varieties of grape we allow the terroir full freedom of expression. The wine goes through full malolactic fermentation with wild yeast and aged for six years on lees in 228L barrels. The wine is clarified by natural settling, and there is no filtration nor fining.
The bouquet is deep and vibrant, offering a beautifully complex constellation of apple, pear, a touch of hazelnut, gentle buttery notes from the barrel fermentation, a complex base of soil tones and a nice top note of brioche. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and complex, with great concentration at the core, impeccable focus and balance, elegant mousse and superb complexity on the long, zesty and classy finish. Bottled in May 2012. 2,466 bottles produced, no dosage. Disgorgement October 2019.
“Dehours is increasingly becoming better known among champagne aficionados as a source of mouth-filling, boldly-flavored and terroir-expressive wines.” - Peter Liem, Champagne Guide
CHAMPAGNE PIERRE PAILLARD
At Champagne Pierre Paillard, Benoit and his sons, Antoine and Quentin, are custodians of an eight-generation-old family business; passionately crafting Champagne with extreme finesse. Their 10 hectares under vine are ideally located in the village of Bouzy and produce only Grand Cru offerings.
“Wow! Of all the producers I have met and the wines I have tasted during my Champagne tour in April and May this year, the cuvées from Champagne Pierre Paillard were among the most stunning.” – Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate (Aug 2018)
- CHAMPAGNE PIERRE PAILLARD – GRAND CRU "LES MAILLERETTES" BLANC DE NOIRS - 2014 - $144
The Blanc de Noirs is a 100% Pinot Noir from a single vineyard of 0.8 acres called “Les Maillerettes”. It was planted in 1970. This wine has been crafted single vintage champagne every year since 2007 and farmed sustainably. Les Maillerettes is one of the mother plot of the Paillard’s sélection massale for Pinot Noir, a process that allows the brothers to propagate this exceptionable old vine and preserve the vinous identity of the domaine.
This vintage is enthusiastically animated showing a bouquet of red to dark fruit, brioche and grapefruit citrus aromas. The palate is delicate yet enthusiastic displaying red citrus flesh and pith with red and black fruit berries and a clean dry mineral finish. 100% Pinot Noir. Extra Brut – 3.5 grams per litre of dosage. Only 2,500 bottles are produced each year. Disgorged February 2019.
- CHAMPAGNE PIERRE PAILLARD – GRAND CRU "LES MOTTELETTES" BLANC DE BLANCS – 2013 -$159
The Blanc de Blancs is a 100% Chardonnay from a single vineyard of 1.5 acres called “Les Mottelettes”. It was planted in 1961. This wine has been crafted single vintage champagne every year since 2007 and farmed organicly. Les Mottelettes is one of the mother plots of the Paillard’s selection massale for Chardonnay, a process that allows the brothers to propagate this exceptionable old vine and preserve the vinous identity of the domaine.
On the nose: subtle dried fruits, citrus and delicate toasted bread infused in chalky notes. The palate is intense, creamy and voluptuous with lemon opening into pineapple and passion fruit that transition to white peach and jasmine finishing off with a superb and elegant lengthy and mineral finish. 100% Chardonnay Extra Brut – 1.8 grams per litre of dosage. Only 2,500 bottles are produced each year. Disgorged April 2018.