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Devaux `D de Devaux` Ultra

Côte des Bar, Champagne

Awards

  • Gold - Decanter World Wine Awards 2010
  • Silver - International Wine Challenge 2010
  • Silver - International Wine Challenge 2011

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 Pinot Noir grapes for ‘Ultra D‘ are sourced from the Côte des Bar and the Chardonnay from the fine chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs & Montgueux. The low yielding vines, with an average age of 30 years, give good concentration and weight; combined with the high quality of the grapes, this means that the final dosage is very low making a dry but round style of champagne.

Vinification

The base wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, which is followed by partial malolactic fermentation. Following bottling, the liqueur de tirage is added and the wine undergoes a slow second fermentation in bottle and extended ageing on its lees for a minimum of five years (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 low dosage of 2g/l. The blend comprises 35% of reserve wines from the best vintages of recent years. aged in French oak.

Tasting Notes

Lovely pale gold in colour, with a fine, persistent mousse indicative of the long period of bottle ageing. The nose is nicely developed but still fresh, with notes of hazelnuts and spice. On the palate the low dosage allows the quality of the Pinot Noir fruit to shine through, with hints of ripe pear and more hazelnuts. The finish is long, fresh and dry.

Vintage information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 60% Pinot Noir
40% Chardonnay
Region Côte des Bar, Champagne
Winemaker Michel Parisot
Alcohol (ABV) 12%