Dhondt-Grellet makes some of the finest Champagne from the Cote de Blancs. With stunningly pure, radiant expressions of their chalky terroir, it is no surprise why the wines of Adrien Dhondt are the darlings of media and collectors alike. Adrien Dhondt took over the family holdings in 2012, which include plots in the Grand Cru of Cramant, and has been steadily increasing quality ever since. He has taken big steps in the vineyard (the trellising is higher for greater shading and canopy management, algae is used for mildew protection) and in the cellar with an upgraded barrel program, so to say the wines have never been better is an understatement. Truly, his labor are finally coming to bear fruits in the form of Champagne with more dimension and precision, and we are so thrilled to offer this selection today. From top to bottom, the wines are outstanding and worthy of your consideration.
Bursting with aromas of freshly baked bread, green apple, pear, warm biscuits and wet stones, Dhondt's NV Extra-Brut Dans un Premier Temps (2019) is medium to full-bodied, broad and textural, with a gourmand, enveloping core of fruit, lively acids and a long, sapid finish. A layered, vinous wine, animated by a pinpoint mousse, it's the finest rendition of this cuvée to date.
"This my first cuvée of my range and made in a "Traditional Brut" style . We have in total 6 hectares and for me this is a summary of our vineyard (Sezanne, Cuis, Avenay val d'Or)
50% Chardonnay (Vineyard of Sezanne: Barbonne Fayel), 30% Pinot Noir (Avenay Val d'Or), and 20% Pinot Meunier (from old vine in Cuis). The base vintage is 2011 and constitutes 70% of the blend with 30% of Perpetual reserve started in 1986." - Adrien Dhondt
"The NV Extra Brut Assemblage Dans un Premier Temps is a blend of 50% Chardonnay from Sezanne, 30% Pinot Noir from Avenay val d'Or and 20% Meunier from Cuis with the Chardonnay very much front and center in the wine's floral and citrus/driven profile. Bright, focused and tightly wound, this gorgeous, entry-level Champagne from Dhondt-Grellet hits all the right notes. This release is 70% 2016 and 30% perpetual reserve going back to 1986. The low dosage of 4 grams per liter adds to the wine's taut feel. Disgorged: March, 2019."