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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

Late winter snowfall was followed by frost in March. The rest of spring was fresh and wet, and a warm, stormy summer was marked by a heat wave at the end of June. The 2006 harvest period was dry albeit with light morning frost.

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

Deep gold in colour. Complex and elegant aromas of white peaches and orange zest are followed by warm bready notes. The palate has a refreshing acidity and evolves with elegant citrus notes, finishing with a dried fruit character.  

Vintage information

Vintage 2006
Grape varieties 50% Chardonnay
50% Pinot Noir
Region Côte des Bar, Champagne
Winemaker Michel Parisot
Alcohol (ABV) 12%