Devaux Cuvée D Champagne NV
Devaux Cuvée D Champagne NV is a rich and complex Champagne made with a proportion of reserve wine going back to 1995 and aged on its lees for over 60 months.
he “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.
Devaux was founded in 1846 by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux, and was family owned for more than a century.
Today, Devaux is owned by the Union Auboise, a co-operative in the Côte des Bar, the heartland of Pinot Noir in Champagne, where the grapes are in huge demand from the top producers.
Physically closer to Chablis than Reims or Épernay, the vines are grown on Burgundian soils of Kimmeridgian marl and Portlandian limestone.
Devaux Cuvée D Champagne NV – Hay Wines
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