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Champagne Dehours - "La Croix Joly" 2011 - Oeil de Perdrix

Champagne Dehours - "La Croix Joly" 2011 - Oeil de Perdrix

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The "La Croix Joly" 2011 Oeil de Perdix is a very racy Rosé, textural and complex.

Dehours Champagnes are eagerly sought after by champagne enthusiasts for their renowned 'Meunier style'; bold, flavourful and demonstrating a clear terroir-orientated approach.

Upon tasting, you’ll understand how the characteristics of the Pinot Meunier grape have become inextricably linked to the identity of this iconic vineyard. “La Croix Joly” is located on the left bank of the Marne River, mid-slope in the village of Troissy. An intriguing Champagne, the Oeil de Perdix colour refers to the greyish, orange color of this Rosé obtained by maceration.

The grapes are macerated for a few hours directly in the press to capture a light hue of colour form the Pinot Meunier. “La Croix Joly” is an old vineyard producing very low yields. An incredible bouquet of dried orange peel, dried apricot, citrus, red berries and figs guides one to a racy and characterful palate.

The wine is vibrant and playful with a long, persistent, finish. The bubbles are silky and teasing all along. It can be paired with tagines, spicy dishes, sushi and sashimi and lobster burgers. Drink now – 100% Pinot Meunier - Extra Brut - Dosage 2g/l – 1239 bottles produced.

"The “La Croix Joly” Oeil de Perdrix is a fascinating Rosé Champagne unlike any you’re tried before. Be adventurous, you’ll love its playful character and racy texture."

Jérome Dehours advocates for richer champagne styles which are also lively and vibrant. To do so, he began a perpetual reserve of wine in 1998 to best capture the terroir identity of his Domaine without vintage influences. The wines are fermented and mature for eight months in French oak barrels to soften and enrich the otherwise sharp wines. Malolactic fermentation is also made in barrels to emphasise the natural balance of the wines.

What we say

"The “La Croix Joly” Oeil de Perdrix is a fascinating Rosé Champagne unlike any you’re tried before. Be adventurous, you’ll love its playful character and racy texture."

Technical notes

Jérome Dehours advocates for richer champagne styles which are also lively and vibrant. To do so, he began a perpetual reserve of wine in 1998 to best capture the terroir identity of his Domaine without vintage influences. The wines are fermented and mature for eight months in French oak barrels to soften and enrich the otherwise sharp wines. Malolactic fermentation is also made in barrels to emphasise the natural balance of the wines.