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Devaux `D de Devaux` Vintage

Côte des Bar, Champagne

Devaux

Devaux is a dynamic Champagne house located in the southern part of Champagne...

It is one of the biggest vineyard holders in the region, with 1,480 hectares in the Aube and the Côte des Blancs. This control over its grape supply is a rarity in Champagne, a region where growers traditionally sell to the houses who control the brands. Due to the favourable southerly location of many of its vineyards, Devaux is a Pinot Noir and Rosé specialist. The quality of the wines illustrates why Tom Stevenson, the UK’s leading writer on Champagne, listed Devaux as one of his top 10 fastest improving producers in Decanter magazine.

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Vineyards

The Cuvee ‘D’ wines are Devaux’s ultra premium wines; the grapes are the very best quality from Champagne and so their growers who qualify for this high level are paid accordingly. Devaux is a Pinot Noir specialist and as such the majority of their vineyards are located in the Aube where Pinot Noir is the dominant variety. This location, on the slopes of the Côte des Bars, is important; it gives this variety a lovely Pinot Noir richness on the nose and a long finish, yet retains the finesse. Chardonnay is grown on the fine chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs to give liveliness and elegance to the blend.

Vintage information

Winter started late and sharp temperature falls in February were followed by frost in March. Spring was cooler than usual with a high level of rainfall. There was a heat wave at the end of June which allow the berries to ripen. Summer ended with a serie of powerful storms but luckily the vines dried and were berries were in perfect sanitary state at the time of the harvest.

Vinification

The wine was fermented in stainless steel, followed by partial malolactic fermentation to give extra suppleness (17% did not undergo malolactic). Following fermentation, the liqueur de tirage was added and the wine underwent a slow second fermentation in bottle, and extended ageing on its lees for seven to eight years. This resulted in a wine with a finer, more persistent mousse and greater potential for complexity. After disgorgement, the wine received a Brut dosage of around 6g/l and was aged for a further six to nine months before release.

Tasting Notes

This has a lovely golden colour and a very elegant nose with enticing notes of white peach, plums and citrus fruit followed by hazelnut hints. On the palate, the mousse is fresh, starts with a good minerality and some fantastic fresh almond flavours. This has got great length on the finish with some delicious honey notes.

Vintage information

Vintage 2005
Grape varieties 50% Pinot Noir
50% Chardonnay
Region Côte des Bar, Champagne
Winemaker Michel Parisot
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 6.7g/l
Residual Sugar 6.7g/l
Wine pH 3.11