The Cuvee Prestige is made exclusively from Grand Cru vineyards in Cramant, Mesnil and Chouilly. 2 years worth of reserve wine are kept, 50% is aged in foudres and 50% in steel tank. The blend is always half of reserve wine and half from the most recent vintage. Dosage is minimal 7 to 8 g/l of residual sugar. A wonderfully engaging, bright and lively Champagne this has sumptuous notes of brioche and yeast matched with a silken texture and brilliant citrus fruit freshness. Scintillating, moreish Champagne that has as much energy as it does flavour. Grand Cru Cote des Blancs at its best.
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.
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.