Dhondt-Grellet


Dhondt-Grellet 'Les Terres Fines' Premier Cru|Blanc de Blancs

Earth

Earth


Mineral

Orchard Fruit

Orchard Fruit


Pear

Citrus Fruit

Citrus Fruit


Citrus

Flavigny

Flavigny

What to expect


- Excellent award-winning young vigneron

- Mineral driven blanc de blancs

- Pair with sliced pear, walnut, rocket salad with soft goats cheese and extra virgin olive oil.  

An unusual play of salinity and orchard fruit when we first opened the wine but we just couldn’t quite put our finger on it. After a few minutes in the glass, the wine came out of its tight, awkward shell and opened up to reveal bright citrus, green pear fruit and some almond-meal notes.

The spark of minerality came through, finishing with a soft, almost pillowy or creamy texture showing the use of perpetual solera aged reserve wines. A very pristine example of Blanc de Blancs from this producer.

The vines here are about 45 years of age and still ploughed by horse. The yield is low and Adrien has been introducing some herbal preparations, common amongst biodynamic practices.

Technical notes 

It has been fermented entirely in stainless steel with a tiny 2 g/l dosage which adds to that initial citrus-chalk impression. It has gone through malolactic fermentation and has only spent about 17 months on lees. Perhaps in the future, this could be a bit longer.

$109.00

Club Price $103.55 (?)

Earth

Earth


Mineral

Orchard Fruit

Orchard Fruit


Pear

Citrus Fruit

Citrus Fruit


Citrus

What to expect


- Excellent award-winning young vigneron

- Mineral driven blanc de blancs

- Pair with sliced pear, walnut, rocket salad with soft goats cheese and extra virgin olive oil.  

An unusual play of salinity and orchard fruit when we first opened the wine but we just couldn’t quite put our finger on it. After a few minutes in the glass, the wine came out of its tight, awkward shell and opened up to reveal bright citrus, green pear fruit and some almond-meal notes.

The spark of minerality came through, finishing with a soft, almost pillowy or creamy texture showing the use of perpetual solera aged reserve wines. A very pristine example of Blanc de Blancs from this producer.

The vines here are about 45 years of age and still ploughed by horse. The yield is low and Adrien has been introducing some herbal preparations, common amongst biodynamic practices.

Technical notes 

It has been fermented entirely in stainless steel with a tiny 2 g/l dosage which adds to that initial citrus-chalk impression. It has gone through malolactic fermentation and has only spent about 17 months on lees. Perhaps in the future, this could be a bit longer.

About the house

About the house


Journalist review

In 2017 Adrien Dhondt Won Vigneron of the Year in ‘Les Trophies Champenois’ after taking over his parents estate in 2010. This is no mean feat as Adrien is still in his 20’s! His parents, Dad is the Dhondt and Mum is the Grellet, decided to stop selling to the Négociants in 1986 and instead turned their hands to creating their own champagne.  Their focus was to have an organic approach and only using what was available in nature. Since Adrien took the reins, he has turned is attention to terroir expression and growing the number of cuvées they have.Dhondt-Grellet strongly believes in the perpetual Solera system, which is to blend previous champagne vintages that date back to 1986, into the more recent harvests. Adrien was quoted from a Spanish saying that, “the older wines are present to educate the younger wines.”

Journalist review


"Dhondt-Grellet's NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Terres Fines Premier Cru is powerful, intense and richly flavoured, with plenty of old-vine Chardonnay character. There is a real vinosity in the glass that is hugely appealing. Over time, the wine fills out its broad frame nicely. Although the Les Terres Fines is at times a bit burly, it is certainly not lacking in personality. This is a decidedly masculine expression of Cuis Chardonnay. Lemon confit, wild flowers, almonds and brioche infuse the deeply satisfying finish. The low dosage style works nicely here." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous 2016