Champagne Delavenne Pere et Fils

For 4 generations the Delavenne family has been producing distinctive Champagne cuvees from their 9 hectare estate in the Grand Cru villages of Bouzy, Cramant and Ambonnay.  All the vineyards are Grand Cru and every effort is made to retain the pure expression of the terroir.  All fermentations are done in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks as it is felt that barrels would detract from the transparency of terroir.

None of the wines are put through malolactic fermentation to maintain the exceptionally bright, fresh and clean, knife-edge acidity.  All cuvees are aged a minimum of three years in bottle.  The estate produces their own liqueur from cane sugar mixed with older wines.  Vintage wines are hand-riddled; non-vintage are riddled by machine.

Agriculture is mostly organic and no herbicides are used.

Annual production is 70,000b and 300,000b are kept in the cellars.

The end result is a set of fascinating cuvees with a distinct style combing crystalline acidity, brilliant purity of fruit and a sense of Grand Cru quality.

 

Wines Produced

NV Grand Cru Brut Tradition
NV Grand Cru Brut Rose
NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
NV Grand Cru Brut Millesime

 

Distributors

Illinois: Louis Glunz Wines
Montana:  Eagle Beverage

 

 DelavenneNV Delavenne Brut Tradition

40% Chardonnay  60% Pinot Noir

Blended 2010 and 2011 vintage

dosage 9g/L

bright lemon citrus,  clean crisp acidity

fresh, dry finish

 

 

RoseNV Delavenne Brut Rose

17% Bouzy Rouge blended in,  all Grand Cru

Dosage 9.5g/L

Lovely dark pink rose color, fresh, clean, concentrated

strawberry, berry fruit

long bright finish

 

 

Blanc De Blancs NV Delavenne Blanc de Blancs

100% Chardonnay Grand Cru   mainly 2011 vintage

Dosage 7.8g/L

Tiny bubbles

Very rich and toasty with layers of lemon curd and citrus

Crystalline acidity

Bright, fresh and crisp

Will dramatically improve with age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Delavenne Brut Millesime

80% Chardonnay Grand Cru   20% Pinot Noir Grand Cru for roundness

Dosage 7.8g/L

Fantastic concentration,  exceptionally long and rich

Lemon zest and citrus

Very ageworthy