NV-C Delahaie Brut Premier, Epernay, Champagne, France (750ml)

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NV-C Delahaie Brut Premier, Epernay, Champagne, France (750ml)

This Brut Premier is a blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay that was aged in bottle on the lees for 24 months before a disgorgement of 10 grams per liter. Aromas on the nose are yeasty and nutty suggesting peanut brittle, along with white floral scents. The medium-bodied palate is quite round (even more so than the Marie Demets) making it feel like a richer style Champagne, yet the balancing acidity keeps it from being too compacted. The flavors of dried apricot, baked apple and poached pear envelop the mid palate and continue with good presence onto the fairly lush and ever so lightly fruity finish. There seems to be something about the Champagnes of Delahaie that makes them very comfortable, easy to drink and almost simple, but that's not really the case. They happen to be very well made wines with lots of integrity and broad appeal, plus they certainly over-deliver on their price tags!

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