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Delamotte has a famous and beautiful sister that lives in the same house but is rarely seen.
The illustrious Salon Le Mesnil produces only one wine, from the grand cru of Le Mesnil, and only in the very best of vintages, perhaps 4 or 5 times in a decade. The last release was the 2008. It was a miniscule production and only sold in magnums. But while 'Salon Le Mesnil' certainly has some glamour; the quality is recognized by many, the current prices of $5000-$6000 a magnum, might cause your eye to start wandering back to Delamotte's flagship wine, the Blanc de Blancs Millesime, that is produced in the same facility, by the same team. 

We can offer you this Pro-Tip from Peter Liem, in The Champagne Guide:

"Delamotte and Salon function as sister houses, sharing offices and facilities in Le Mesnil.  Both houses are under the direction of Didier Depond, although the wines are made by Michel Fauconnet, chef de cave of Laurent-Perrier.  Delamotte owns six hectares of grapes in Le Mesnil, Oger and Cramant, and in the years when Salon is not produced, those grapes from Salon’s contracts will often go into the Delamotte Brut or non-vintage Blanc de Blancs. 

These are quiet, discreet wines, focusing more on subtlety and finesse than on power, and should be paired with cuisines that complement these sensibilities. Delamotte’s wines are very slow to unwind, and tend to show best with a great deal of aging after disgorgement—the more the better.  The vintage-dated blanc de blancs are made entirely from grand cru fruit, sourced primarily from vineyards in Le Mesnil and Oger, along with some Avize and Cramant...usually aged for about seven years on its lees; will benefit considerably from further aging after disgorgement."

 

 

Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2014      $69 per bottle

This is a brand new release. 48 bottles are available with an ETA of October.

Michael Glasby
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