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Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne 75cl
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Although a non-vintage, this is an incredibly rare champagne: just 10,000 bottles are produced annually.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Avize, Cramant, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Reserve Wine: 10%
Ageing: 4 years on the lees
Dosage: 8 g/l
Tasting Note: Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV is chalky, rich and delicate. On the nose: aromas of citrus with hints of ginger. On the palate: a creamy mousse with an abundance of citrus and vanilla leading to a long finish with great acidity.
Wonderfully fragrant - smells white and pure but there are delicate notes of yeasty autolysis and scented lemons and white peach. Perfect balance here, finesse and elegance and no lack of flavour intensity and length. Fine and persistent mousse. (JH)”
Next-door neighbours in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne Salon and Champagne Delamotte remain sister companies today. Whilst Salon originates from the same twenty plots in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Delamotte now owns six hectares in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, including in Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. However, in the years when Salon does not declare a vintage, Delamotte has the first right to the Salon grapes.
Cellar Master: Michel Fauconnet
Winery Location: Le Mesnil-sur-Oger | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Côte des Blancs
Annual Production (bottles): 800,000
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François’s son, Alexandre Delamotte, brought the cellars, caves and offices of the house of Delamotte to one beautiful mansion at the end of the 18th century. In 1828, his brother, Nicolas Louis Delamotte, also known as the Chevalier Delamotte Barrachin - a former Chevalier de Malte and President of the Chamber of Commerce of Reims - assumed management of Champagne Delamotte. In this tenure with the Chamber of Commerce, Nicolas was well known for hosting spectacular events, namely the coronation of France's last King, Charles X. The house was sold to the Lanson family in the 1830s, who later started producing a Lanson label. It was eventually acquired by Marie-Louise de Nonancourt, born Lanson, in the period between the two World Wars. In 1927, Marie-Louise made the decision to transfer the activities of Champagne Delamottte to Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The management of the company was entrusted to the capable hands of Marie-Louise's youngest son, Charles de Nonancourt. It was Charles who established the golden rules for the business: ensure a consistent quality by purposefully limiting production and maintain at least three harvests in the cellars at all times.
In 1988, Champagne Delamotte joined forces with the still enigmatic Champagne Salon under the umbrella of the parent company, Laurent-Perrier, led by Charles' brother, Bernard. Today, Delamotte and its sister company Champagne Salon are under the direction of Didier Depond in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. A man of passion and compassion, he is continually developing the outstanding image of these two exceptional wines. Just ten people manage the annual production of 750,000 bottles. Vinification is supervised by Michel Fauconnet, cellar master at Laurent-Perrier. Chardonnay grapes from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger are the key ingredient in their champagnes with a small quantity of grapes from Avize, Cramant and Oger also used to balance the harvest. Pinot Noir grapes from the 100% Grand Crus of the Montagne de Reims, such as Ambonnay, Bouzy and Tours-sur-Marne are added to make Delamotte Brut and Delamotte Rosé.
The vineyards of Delamotte and those of their faithful growers receive special care to maintain uniform quality standards. A close cooperation, developed over decades of working together, ensures that pruning, nipping of buds, tying of the vines and the other viticultural tasks are done in the most efficient manner to yield the highest quality grapes. The grapes are finally sorted during the harvest by pickers who have been working with Delamotte for years. This aesthetic, rigorous endeavour to always work better is a long-lasting ideal of the house. One of the founding principles of Champagne Delamotte (and of its sister company, Salon) is that Champagne is first and foremost a wine to be enjoyed and appreciated for its quality and authenticity. The wine should be - from the very start - subtle, profound and rich with the aromas and flavours which ultimately create outstanding Champagne. It truly is a labour of love.