Fleur de Passion, Cramant, Grand Cru, 2007

  Diebolt Vallois

£355.00 for 3x150cl
5 cs
 
£315.00 for 6x75cl
10 cs, 3 btls
 

A supremely pretty nose of delicate flowers, a note of fresh bread, a lacy fine citrus character and plenty of chalk – perfumed and finely cut. On the palate grace and elegance are to the fore, with a quiet persistence, very fine bulles and the most refined delivery of flavours. With a little air, notes of jasmine and honeysuckle overlay richer Cramant notes of brioche and ginger; this is full of charm, showing so well now, and as good a Fleur de Passion as we can remember.

Contains Sulphites.

About Diebolt Vallois

Diebolt-Vallois Champagnes have been the toast of France for some time, the pouring Champagne in such prestigious venues as Le Bristol and George V, among many other of France's finest tables. The estate is situated in Cramant, a Grand Cru village in the "Côte des Blancs", whose chalky soil makes the perfect home for chardonnay vines. It is certainly one of the finest terroirs in the Champagne region and is the realm of "blanc de blancs" champagnes (champagnes made from white grapes - chardonnay). The Diebolt family has lived in Cramant since the end of the 19th century, and the Vallois family has been cultivating vines in Cuis since the 15th Century. Although Jacques Diebolt started working with his grandfather, it was not until 1978 that the estate underwent a sea-change with the extension of the estate and the construction first of all of cellars, and then a winery. Jacques Diebolt and Nadia Vallois are helped by their two children, Arnaud and Isabelle, who are taking an ever increasingly active part in the running of the estate. Beautiful, stylish Blanc de Blancs.

Appellation: Champagne

Champagne is the world's original and most famous region for the production of sparkling wine. A range of styles are produced from the Non-Vintage, through Rose, Vintage and more recently a host of prestige, Vintage luxury cuvees. The three permitted grape varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.