2017 Champagne Delavenne Bouzy Rouge

$60

Beautifully complex aromas of small red berries, cherry, and blackberry with hints of leather and spice. Gentle earthiness and light tannins.  Easy drinking and light, with a deep ruby hue.

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Champagne Delavenne | Champagne, France

Champagne Delavenne is a family-owned estate that has been passed down from generation to generation. Their family expertise follows the Champenois tradition while combining it with techniques characteristic of their estate, to offer beautifully complex champagnes.

Champagne Delavenne are referred to as what is known as récoltants-manipulants. This is a classification for Champagne producers who only vinify, make and market champagne from their own grapes. It is recognisable by the RM mention on the label. This classification is a sign of their independence and enables them to control every stage of the production, as well as the quality of their champagnes including: own the land they work themselves, harvest the grapes of their vineyards only and press them at the family estate, the vinification process takes place in their own cellars, and they sell their champagnes and Bouzy Rouge directly.

This is their first time exporting to the state of California and Amliére is so proud to be representing them!

As opposed to the general practice in Champagne, they do not perform malolactic fermentation. This technique requires great skill and attention. They let their wines evolve in vats as naturally as possible. This natural process of vinification is a long and subtle one. It requires irreproachable hygiene, daily checks and lots of patience. Their champagnes age in natural cellars, carved out of the local chalk, for a minimum of three years – longer for the vintage cuvées.  This careful effort is clearly expressed in their high-quality champagnes which age better and express the typicity of their terroir.

Bouzy is a delightful winegrowers’ village located on the south slopes of the Mountain of Reims, between Reims and Epernay, the capital of Champagne. It is the cradle of our family estate, and the reputation of the wines grown here goes back to the time of royal courts in France, in particular that of the Sun King, Louis XIV.

The Bouzy terroir has been classified as a Grand Cru since 1895 – a token of its quality.Only 17 of the 320 villages in the Champagne AOC-classed Champagne area have received this distinction.

Get to know our winemakers, why we love them, and why it is more important than ever to support them.

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Pinot Noir

This elusive and delicate light-bodied grape is a winegrowers dream, but can be difficult to achieve. Stubborn, yet flirtatious, Pinot Noir is tantalizing creating a beautiful dance between the grape and the winemaker. The resulting light red wine can be nothing short of spectacular. Loved for its red fruit and spicy characteristics, its also a great food partner.

Look for notable regions including Burgundy, France, Central Coast or Sonoma in CA, Willamette Valley in Oregon, and Pfalz or Baden in Germany as well as many other regions around the world in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Argentina.

Champagne, France

Champagne, the place where their reputation is as respected as their wines. This prestigious region is home to some of the most premium sparkling wines in the world. Champagne is a province located in the northeast of France, just a few hours from the big city of Paris. Due to having a cool and continental climate, frost can be one of the biggest challenges here. To minimize frost, you’ll find that the vineyards are planted on slopes and have well-draining chalk soil. Within the region, there is only one appellation, Champagne AC. Although, there are 5 main sub-regions: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar, and many premier cru and grand cru villages. Champagne producers are known to be committed to sustainable agriculture lessening the using of many fertilizers and pesticides. Fun fact: You’ll often hear many people call sparkling wine from other regions, Champagne, but the term Champagne can solely be used if the wine comes from this region only.

There are three main grape varietals used in winemaking: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These grapes are used to make wine in the traditional method, meaning they will undergo a second fermentation in the bottle to be later sold. It is a technique often used for premium sparkling wines, but can be costly (for consumers as well) and time-consuming. Champagne can come in a range of quality levels and style all varying flavors, sweetness, and levels of aging. Brut (dry) Champagne is by far the most popular. Non-vintage wines, using wine from different years, can be lighter in body with more fresh fruit flavors than those of specific vintage wines. Vintage wines are likely to be from the best growing years and parcels of grapes, but not always! Keep your eyes peeled for the increasing trend of Brut Nature Champagne, this means no added sugar and is the driest style of Champagne. 

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