Dehu Pére and Fils
Champagne Dehu Brut Millesime 2012Sparkling
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Glamorous clear and brilliant colors, lemon-yellow glints. Intense exotic scents of pineapple, papaya and orange blossom. Generous and full-bodied with a start of fresh pineapple and plum, then wild fruit, black currant and blueberry. Vegan wine. Only sold by Celerier's Cellar in the USA.
40 years old
Certified HVE. Estate farmed with organic and biodynaic techniques (Benoit Déhu produce another line of biodynamic champagne). Recoltant Co-operator (RC) but with a specific model of only selling to the co-operative, not sourcing anything from them. Pruning Marne Valley for Pinot Meunier and Guyot for all other varietals, all done by hand in winter. Cane chipped on site to turn into fertilizer.Tye up with biodegradable woodenstapples. Disbudding and leaves removal adapted. Organic treatments only and even biodynamc onto specific plots. Grass is grown naturaly. Plowing by hand if needed. Harvest done by Hand.
Only tete de cuvee. Full clusters pressed in stainless steel pneumatic press. Only keep cuvee juice. Extraction of the pruine yeast. Segmentation juice by grappe varietal and soil. Static settling for 24 hours. Cold alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tank. Malolactic fermentation done in the same tank. Blend of cuvee, dosage brut addition and bottled for second fermentation. Riddling, aging, disgorging for a total of 8 years (like a vintage champagne).
Pinot Meunier 55%, Pinot Noir 17%, Chardonnay 28%
One of the top 10 vintage for the last 30 years, and it didn’t start well! Winter 2011-2012 was historically cold, reaching temperature such as -20°C: the winter frost was scary, and vintners were busy disbudding to prevent future loss. March brought back a more usual climate, that favors the bud burst of Chardonnay. Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir were still a bit late, due to the winter frost. Unfortunately, April brings heavy rains and cold nights, which end up in frost. The loss is hard to measure, the stress is present. Mildew is the other side effect of these heavy rains. From May to July, it rains about as much as the historical 1994 vintage, two to three the seasonal average. And that was not all! Hailstorms were frequent and destroyed about 3% of the global harvest. Fortunately, August cut away from the rest of the season, bringing a dry and hot weather, so intense that it became a drought. This helped the fruits to mature perfectly and have one of the best vintage ever made in Champagne.
Marne Valley, Champagne, France
Middle bartonian, marl, limestone, green clay