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Dhondt Grellet, Cramant NV
Adrien makes this with 55 year old Chardonnay grapes, which are organic but not certified, from an south-east facing plot in Cramant, a Grand Cru village, which has very chalky soils. Fermentation is in barrique with natural yeast and it undergoes natural malo. The base is from 2015 and remaining 30% comes from reserve perpetuelle. Disgorged in October 2018 it has just 3g/l of sugar. Aromatically there are note of an early morning, harvest-time apple orchard and freshly-baked breakfast pastries. The palate has great precise and energy; chalkiness adds to its gastronomic credentials. A hint of sea shells combined with roundness and weight give me my mineral and old oak fix.
Adrien used to produce a Champagne he called Prestige du Moulin Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs NV. It was sourced from Chardonnay from two villages - Cramant and Chouilly. In an effort to isolate his terroirs and add greater detail and focus to his lineup, he decided to take the Choilly fruit and it to his Terres Fines, thus making this cuvee 100% Cramant Grand Cru Chardonnay. It is vinified in stainless steel tank. Dosage is between 3g/l to 4g/l. Adrien plans on vinifying this cuv�e in barrel in the near future.