"Fleur de Passion" 2005 Grand Cru, Champagne Diebolt-Vallois
Regular price $200.00
Grower-Producer: Champagne Diebolt-Vallois
Cuvée: "Fleur de Passion" Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay (Blanc de Blancs)
Fleur de Passion is the jewel in the range from the house of Diebolt-Vallois. Fermented and aged in older oak barrels, with no malolactic fermentation and no filtration, it is made the old-fashioned way in order to preserve all of its nuances and is produced only in the very best years.
Ratings for 2005 Fleur de Passion:
Richard Juhlin – 8,000 Champagnes: 93 pts
Wine Spectator: 93 pts
Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar: 93 pts
Gerhard Eichelmann: *****
Jacques Dupont - Le Point: 17½-18
Gault Millau Wine Guide: 18½
Terroir: The grapes come from 7 or 8 plots of old vines planted on hillsides - especially the fields known as Les Buzons - in the village of Cramant (village classed 100% Grand Cru). These vines are all over 40 years old and many of them are 60 years old or even more. Yields are low. The soil consists of a thin layer of earth over a chalk base. The overall exposure is to the East-South-East.
Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation takes place in barrels. Malolactic fermentation, filtration and fining are all avoided. Anything which might stress the wine is proscribed, so that the terroir can express itself as fully as possible. The wine is aged in burgundy 1-wine barrels. This is a "old style", traditional champagne.
Dosage: 3-5 g/l
Serving suggestions: Serve at 9°C in our hot climate. Decant 15 minutes before serving to show this wine off to its best.