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Grower Champagne - Paul Déthune (375ml), NV, Grand Cru Brut

Sparkling, Old World, Champagne from Ambonnay in the Vallée de la Marne, France

Rich, fruity with fine bubbles. Perfect as an aperitif or with canapés and seafood.

Why we recommend this wine
Every time we are in Champagne we visit the village of Ambonnay to replenish our stocks at home. Ambonnay specialises in Pinot Noir grapes and we prefer the softness and compexity it adds to Champagne. Over the years we have found several growers to visit - click here to read our trip reports.

The wine
This champagne is a blend of Pinot Noir 70% and Chardonnay 30% with the addition of 30% to 50% reserve (that is, older vintage) wines that adds greater complexity. Wine critics regularly give points around 90 which makes this a well regarded champagne.

The wine estate
Pierre Déthune learned to walk in the vineyards alongside his father Paul, who came from a long line of vintners that goes back to 1610. The domaine uses sustainable viticulture methods to work the vines including the planting and maintenance of hedgerows and the reintroduction of the honeybee using hives, with the aim of encouraging and protecting the flora and fauna. The estate has put many practices in place that have led to it being granted the highest level of HEV certification (High Environmental Value)
www.champagne-dethune.fr

Food and wine
Champagne is better if it has been opened and allowed to breathe for 20 to 30 minutes before drinking. We didn’t believe it when we were first advised to do this but it really works. Just open the bottle and leave it in the fridge; it will not lose its bubbles but will taste much better. The wine maker sasys of this wine "This Grand Cru champagne expresses all its complexity and deliciousness with a veal filet, foie gras and apple-apricot chutney, or a grilled beef". So a wine for all seasons! Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
Paul Dethune makes what is referred to as Grower Champagne. In Champagne a large proportion of the vineyards are family owned and worked. Traditionally they have sold their grapes to the Champagne “Houses” who then make the champagne. But an increasing number of families who own the better vineyards have gone into making their own champagne. Hence the term Grower Champagne.

  • Cutlivar

    Chardonnay / Pinot Noir

  • Dry / Sweet

    Dry

  • Oaked

    No oak

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Alcohol ABV

    12%

£24.20

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