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Champagne Devaux Cuvée D Aged 5 Years NV

Champagne Cuvée D is Devaux's very best expression. The grapes come from highly select, sustainably farmed parcels across 50 hectares. The majority of the vineyards are situated in the Aube on Kimmeridgian limestone-clay soils. This continental location, on the slopes of the Côte des Bars, is important; it gives the Pinot Noir (55%) richness on the nose and a long finish, while retaining finesse. The Chardonnay (45%) in the blend is grown on the fine chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs, Vitry and Montgueux ("the Meursault of Champagne") to give liveliness and elegance. 90% of the base wines are fermented in stainless steel, with 10% fermented in 300 litre barrels. This is followed by partial malolactic fermentation. The blend comprises 40% reserve wines a quarter of which are from two perpetual soleras: a Chardonnay solera and a Cuvée D solera that have been going since 1995 and 2002 respectively. The remaining reserve wines are aged in large oak casks. Following bottling, the liqueur de tirage is added and the wine has a slow second fermentation in bottle and extended ageing on its lees for over 60 months (the legal minimum is 15 months). This results in a wine with a finer, more persistent mousse and greater potential for complexity. After disgorgement, the wine receives a light brut dosage of 7g/l. The Cuvée D is rich and intense, with lively acidity bringing balance, freshness and minerality. The Pinot Noir gives body and length to the wine, while the Chardonnay adds elegance and finesse.

Wine File
Producer:
Champagne Devaux
Country:
France
Region:
Champagne
Sub Region:
Côte des Bar
Primary Grape(s):
Pinot Noir , Chardonnay
Bottle Size:
75cl
Alcohol:
12.0%
Closure:
Natural Cork
Vegan:
Yes
Contains Sulphites:
Yes
Units Per Bottle:
9
£45.00

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