|Grape||55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay
|Style||Dry, Rich, Intense, Fine Mousse, Fresh, Citrus|
|Dietary||Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable|
Champagne Devaux's Cuvée D is aged for five years, creating a richly intense flavour. Its balanced acidity and fresh minerality create a complex flavour profile, with notes of spiced, dried, and fresh fruits. Pinot Noir provides body, and Chardonnay adds finesse for an elegant finish. Enjoy a plethora of flavours with this elegant champagne.
Decanter Magazine: 89Pts"Sleek in structure and lively in tone, with subtle notes of sour vanilla and coconut. Hints of well-controlled evolution."
Simon Field MW, Peter Liem, David Vareille
About the Producer
Founded in 1846 by the brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux, today Devaux is owned by the Union Auboise in the Côte des Bar – the heartland of Pinot Noir in Champagne. Physically closer to Chablis than Reims or Épernay, the vines grow on Burgundian soils of Kimmeridgian marl and Portlandian limestone. Chef de Cave since 1999, Michel Parisot was named the ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ at the 2020 International Wine Challenge – an achievement that is testament to Michel’s pioneering approach to winemaking.
Vineyard and Winery
The "D Collection" wines are Devaux's very best. The grapes come from highly select, sustainably farmed parcels across 50 hectares. The majority of the vineyards are situated in the Aube on Kimmeridgian limestone-clay soils. This continental location, on the slopes of the Côte des Bars, is important; it gives the Pinot Noir richness on the nose and a long finish, while retaining finesse. The Chardonnay in the blend is grown on the fine chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs, Vitry and Montgueux ("the Meursault of Champagne") to give liveliness and elegance.
90% of the base wines are fermented in stainless steel, with 10% fermented in 300 litre barrels. This is followed by partial malolactic fermentation. The blend comprises 40% reserve wines (50% for the magnum), a quarter of which are from two perpetual soleras: a Chardonnay solera and a Cuvée D solera that have been going since 1995 and 2002 respectively. The remaining reserve wines are aged in large oak casks. Following bottling, the liqueur de tirage is added and the wine has a slow second fermentation in bottle and extended ageing on its lees for over 60 months (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 light brut dosage of 7g/l.
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