Dhondt-Grellet


Dhondt-Grellet 'Les Terres Fines'|Blanc de Blancs|NV

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Creamy Chardonnay Dominant

Winemaking

Winemaking


Extra Brut Perpetual Solera

Earth

Earth


Mineral

Foods

Foods


Brioche

Citrus Fruit

Citrus Fruit


Lemon

Nut

Nut


Almond

Florals

Florals


White Florals

Flavigny

Flavigny

What to expect


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. 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.


Based in the village of Flavigny (west of Avize). The fruit is sourced from Premier Cru vineyard - Cuis. The base vintage for this is 70% 2015 with 30% Perpetual reserve from 1986.

"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

$109.99

Club Price $103.55 (?)

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Creamy Chardonnay Dominant

Winemaking

Winemaking


Extra Brut Perpetual Solera

Earth

Earth


Mineral

Foods

Foods


Brioche

Citrus Fruit

Citrus Fruit


Lemon

Nut

Nut


Almond

Florals

Florals


White Florals

What to expect


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. 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.


Based in the village of Flavigny (west of Avize). The fruit is sourced from Premier Cru vineyard - Cuis. The base vintage for this is 70% 2015 with 30% Perpetual reserve from 1986.

"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

About the house

About the house


Food suggestion

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.”

Food suggestion


When you have a wine as fresh and as refined as this, look for foods that will amplify its energy and clean appeal. We like the idea of sliced pear, walnut, rocket salad with soft goats cheese and extra virgin olive oil.