Paul Déthune, Brut Grand Cru Ambonnay Non Vintage

Paul Dethune Grand Brut NV

Imported by Envoyer Fine Wines, Laguna Hills, CA.

70% Pinot Noir; 30% Chardonnay.  From 100% grand cru vineyards in Ambonnay.  2008 base vintage.  25% reserve wine from solera going back 30+ years.  Dosage: 7 g/l. Disgorged December 2012.  This is lot # BR3T11D1212.

Straw color.  Keen, fragrant nose: red berries, mimosa blossom, mace, puff pastry, chantilly cream.  Seemingly more sunlit floral prettiness on day two.  Dense and substantial yet quite articulated on the palate: woodland raspberry, groseille, wheat kernel.  The build is not as robust as we remember: this has longer, arched lines, a more fine-boned version.  Vibrant, citric cut so these NVs disgorged in December ’12 will improve with cellar time.  For now, an incisive Ambonnay.  Now – 2018+.

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