LES MESNIL - FRANCE
Champagne Delamotte is not only one of the oldest champagne houses, but also, arguably, one of the most refined in style and pedigree. Established in 1760 in the prestigious village of Le Mesnil, Champagne Delamotte is Chardonnay’s most dedicated advocate. Indeed, most of Delamotte’s vineyards are planted with Chardonnay, all of which enjoy the exalted Grand Cru status common to the very best Champagnes.
Alongside the elegant Delamotte Brut NV (a blend with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier but Chardonnay-dominant nonetheless) and delicate, strawberry-scented rosé, the Blanc de Blancs cuvées (non-vintage and vintage) are the stars of the show, both tantalisingly rich yet delicate. This is hardly surprising, considering Delamotte’s status as sister house of the legendary Salon Champagne, perhaps the world’s finest and rarest Blanc de Blancs Champagne.
Delamotte Brut NV
The house’s take on the ‘classic’ non-vintage Champagne. The relatively high proportion of Chardonnay (50%) befits a specialist Blanc de Blancs house and is crucial to the defining elegance of the Delamotte house style. For softness and richness, Delamotte blends in a proportion of Pinot Noir (30%) and fruit-forward Pinot Meunier (20%), in the tradition of Champagne non-vintage cuvées.
The Chardonnay grapes are sourced from Grand Cru vineyards in Champagne’s top villages of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Oger. The Pinot Noir grapes are also from Grand Cru vineyards in Bouzy, Tours-sur-Marne and Ambonnay. The Pinot Meunier grapes are sourced from high quality vineyards in the Marne. Delamotte Brut NV is bottle-aged on its lees for 3 years, a key factor to its style and quality – it is worth noting that most Brut NV Champagnes spend just 15 months on the lees, the legal minimum in Champagne.
David Williams, The Guardian -“Pound for pound, however, the best Champagne I've tasted comes from one of the region's lesser-known houses. Run by the same people as the legendary Salon, Delamotte's creamy Brut NV is an utterly stylish treat.”
Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV
Considered the quintessence of Delamotte’s distinctive house style. Full-flavoured yet tantalisingly light, this is a precisely-structured Champagne with a delicate, filigree texture. It is made from Chardonnay grapes sourced from 100% Grand Cru vineyards in the villages of Le Mesnil, Avize and Oger. The wine spends at least 5 years on its lees, an extended ageing period allowing the Chardonnay to develop full expression.
Jane Anson -“Not to do myself out of a job, but a smart way to get some wine tips is to open the fridge in the kitchen of a Bordeaux négociant… I think you'll come across a bottle of Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV champagne. The reason that this is such an insider's choice is because the grapes from Delamotte are sourced from the same place as Champagne Salon, perhaps the world's rarest champagne. When a vintage is not declared those same grapes end up in the citrus zing of a crisp Delamotte. It's a beautiful, delicate champagne, trembling with understated complexity, a signpost to just how astonishing Salon can be.“
Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2012
Made from Chardonnay only, sourced from more mature vines in the prestigious Grand Cru villages of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant and Oger. Only 5,000 cases in total were made. Intensely pure, elegant and posessed of superb finesse, the Blanc de Blancs 2012 spent seven years aging on lees before disgorgement. Delamotte vintage Blanc de Blancs is often compared for its vinosity and complexity to fine white Burgundy and proves an excellent food partner.
94 points, Antonio Galloni -“Delamotte’s 2012 Brut Vintage is rich, creamy and super-expressive. This is only the second vintage (the first was 2008) in which fruit from Oiry rounds out the classic core of Le Mesnil, Oger and Cramant that forms the backbone of the Vintage. Dried pear, white flowers, chamomile and mint are some of the notes that grace this exquisite understated Blanc de Blancs. The 2012 offers terrific depth and textural resonance in a creamy, expressive style that captures the radiant personality of the year and the understated, quiet voice that is such a Delamotte signature.”