N.V. Delamotte Brut 375 ml

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 92--Decanter: 93
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$22.95

“Crisp and minerally, with smoke and chalk accents underscoring the rich notes of lemon curd, glazed apricot and spring blossom, this chiseled Champagne is elegant and well-knit. Drink now through 2022.” (WS)

"The Delamotte NV Brut is a bright, fresh and aromatic blend of approximately 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier that spends 30 to 36 months on the lees prior disgorgement. The current release is based on the 2014 harvest and was disgorged in 2017. It starts with fresh, bright fruit aromas intermixed with lovely brioche and nougat aromas and a delicate Kirsch tone. Mouthfilling, fine and fresh on the palate, this is a charming but serious Champagne from one of the region's oldest houses. Tasted from lot L63DN28917, November 2018." (WA)

"(50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, with 7 g/l dosage): Bright straw. Vibrant aromas of lemon pith, pear skin and honeysuckle, with a chalky topnote. Dry, sharply focused lemon and lime flavors become deeper with air and pick up brioche and ginger nuances. Firm, chewy and dry, finishing with very good clarity and stony persistence." (VM)

"Some reductive, almost meaty notes here with an array of toasted-nut and nougat aromas. The palate has attractive lemons and white peaches in a fleshy, flavorsome and fruit-focused style. Drink now." (JS)

“Based in the Chardonnay region of the Côte des Blancs, it’s no surprise that this producer has a dominance of that grape in its blend. The wine has great minerality as well as tight acidity and delicious citrus flavors. It’s a dry, finely balanced wine to drink now.” (WE)

“Floral nose, with a hint of soft spice and nectarine; palate is dry but not austere, with stone fruit and a fine mineral tension. Cerebral, satisfying and impressively wrought. Drinking Window 2018 - 2022” (DM)

Winery Notes:
Presentation :
In 1760, Champagne Delamotte was one of only five Champagne houses in the region. Located in the heart of the Côte des Blancs in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger it is the sister house of Champagne Salon, with which it shares the same viticultural, winemaking and management team.

Vineyard location is the key that guides Delamotte’s expression, defining the house’s elegant and focused style of wine. A house like no other with all its vineyards sourced from the Grands Crus of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant for chardonnay, Delamotte is one of the very few négociants to cultivate such a passion for the expression of this unique ward of Champagne.

Situation :
Delamotte Brut is a blend of approximately 55% chardonnay, 35% pinot noir et 10% pinot meunier, which combine to give a wine of subtle power, appealing freshness, soft curves and a precise, fresh fruit finish : this is a dry and extremely attractive champagne, balanced and elegant. Each grape plays a part, as Chardonnay sets the wine in place, its foundation and roots. Pinot Noir helps give the wine more breadth and depth. A small portion of Pinot Meunier brings its aromatic charm to produce a pure and intense Brut. Aged on the lees for 30 to 36 months, Delamotte brut receives a light dosage of 7g/l, similar to that of the Delamotte range.

Grapes :
Pinot Meunier : 10%
Pinot noir : 35%
Chardonnay : 55%