Benoit Dehu Champagne Cuvee La Rue des Noyers Brut Nature [2013]

Benoit Dehu

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Snapshot
Vintage: NV
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Champagne
Wine type: Sparkling
Varietals: Pinot Meunier
Varietal notes: 100% Pinot Meunier
Vineyard: 1.70 hectares parcel of Pinot Meunier located in Fossoy on the western edge of the Vallee de la Marne.
Soil: limestone
Viticulture: Organically farmed Pinot Meunier, 1.7 hectares farmed biodynamically. A quarter of the property is worked with a horse named Violette.
Vinification: Vinified in oak barrels, many of which are made from trees from the forest of Fossoy. No malo, unfined and unfiltered.
Aging: Aged in oak barrels. No dosage.
Production: Extremely limited.
Notes: Benoit is an eighth generation vigneron that returned to the family estate after working for Bollinger. He is committed to natural farming and aims to craft unadultered, pure Pinot Meunier. He purchased this 1.7 hectare vineyard and farms it biodynamically. The results are exceptional and we are thrilled to introduce Benoit's work to our clients. The Cuvee La Rue de Noyers, named for the walnut trees that line the parcel, is a wine that will keep you intrigued and coming back for more.
Ratings
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 94
Benoit Déhu's NV (2013) Extra Brut Cuvée La Rue des Noyers Non-Dosé needs time to come into its own, but it is very impressive today. Powerful and exquisitely layered in the glass, the 2013 is striking in its beauty. Orchard fruit, white flowers and mint open up first, while darker red cherry, Mirabelle plum, licorice and earthy notes develop later. The 2013 is at once lifted yet also quite deep, with an interplay of aromas, flavors and textures that is compelling. The Extra Brut Cuvée La Rue des Noyers Non-Dosé is 100% Meunier vinified and aged in barrel, with no malolactic fermentation. Disgorged April 2016.