From a parcel of 55 to 65 year old vines in Cramant Grand Cru, fermented in barriques but without Malolactic fermentation, an exceptionally pretty and inviting on the nose that is all citrus and flowers leads to a relaxed but fine palate of brioche, honey, sweet lemon and hazelnut, just a touch of seductive oak influence buttressed by the fine sun kissed textural richness. A champagne it is very easy to love.
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.