Dumenil Cuvee de Amour Champagne 92pts
Champagne Dumenil is produced from the best Premier Cru vineyards of Chigny-les-Roses. The small commune of Chigny-les-Roses sites on the slopes north of Montagne de Reims and just a few miles south of the Reims. Champagne Dumenil was founded in 1874 by Mr. Elie and Cecile Dumenil. The family tradition has been passed on to the great-granddaughters of the founders, Mrs. Frédérique Poret-Rebeyrolle with her husband Mr. Hugues Poret. Both coming from winemaking families, Hugues is in charge of the vineyards and Frédérique is assisted by her mother with marketing and winemaking process. Dumenil Champagne is made with grapes coming from vines that belong to the family, 8 hectares totaling 45 parcels in only Premier Cru terroir: Chigny-les-Roses, Rilly-la-Montagne and Ludes.
The entire vineyard is manage according to the implementation of environment-friendly vine growing techniques called Sustainable Viticulture, which aim to limit interventions and to use natural products in order to no longer treat systematically in a preventive way but by taking into account sensibilities of the vines to disease.
Hand harvested on hillsides with selective and strict pruning. Only the cuvees (1st pressing) are selected. Full malolactic fermentation is completed for roundness and smoothness.
92 Points Wine Enthusiast
Effectively a Blanc de Noirs, made entirely from red-skinned grapes, this is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The wine was aged for five years on its lees before release, giving it a rich, full character that is just right. With maturing ripe white-fruit flavors, the wine is ready to drink.
Beautiful golden color and delicate fine bubbles. Aromas of blackcurrant, red currant, strawberry, dried fruit, grilled almonds, quince and plums. On the palate there's notes of raspberry, crushed strawberry with a rich texture and a biscuity flavor on the finish. The finish is surprisingly long and balanced. Enjoy as an aperitif or pair with foie gras, casserole, red fruit tart.
50% Pinot Noir, 50% Pinot Meunier
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I don't recall ever purchasing a Blanc de Noirs champagne before. I expected that if it were made from only red grapes, I would see a tinge of pink. This exceptional wine pours as golden, with the fine, tiny bubbles, as any premium sparkler, but the flavor is bigger with more evident fruit. Isn't that the whole reason for searching out very fine wines? This exceptional Dumenil production has become our default when we want to mark an occasion as very special.