Guide VERON des Champagnes 2016
(around 21 euros per bottle)
Original bottle, sober and bright, in white ground glass.
· White gold.
· Very fine bubbles.
· Elegant bead of bubbles, like light pearls hung on the periphery of the flute.
· Charming and harmonious.
· Radiant scents of citrus fruits, apple and pear compote, apricot and raisin, almond, hazelnut and white flowers, brightened up with a touch of exotic fruits, signatures of the Chardonnay, exclusive varietal of the cuvée, selected in 2007 (80%) and 2006 (20%).
· The great maturity of the Champagne, result of the ageing on laths of the bottles for 6 years before disgorgement, is slowly unveiled with warm fragrances of pastries and honey, underlined by a iodized and mentholated touch.
· Classy at the opening, thanks to the perfect control of the pressing of the grapes with accurate selection of the first juices (tête de cuvée), purer.
· The mouth is then revealed deep and warm, supported by the judicious fulfillment of the malolactic fermentation on the base wines, enhanced by a caressing effervescence and a vibrant minerality, expression of the chalk of the plot 35 years of age chosen on the terroir of Grauves.
· Revealing the citrus fruits already perceived at the nose.
· Deliciously acidulous finish.
· Great length on the palate.
This Brut Blanc de Blancs, inspired alliance of subtlety and intensity, gives a beautiful image of the expertise of David Driant, its producer.
To taste from aperitif to meal, to accompany a stuffed pike perch, for example.
Settled in the heart of the Côte des Blancs since 1972, the Champagne House Driant Valentin passionately cultivates its vineyard of 8 hectares of old vines planted with 70% of Chardonnay in Grauves (Premier Cru) and with 30% of Pinot Noir in Aÿ (Grand Cru). A deep respect of the terroirs and a careful oenology give birth to 70,000 bottles of Champagnes with personality each year, of which 20% are for exportation, mainly to Canada and Japan.
4 impasse de la ferme
51 190 Grauves
Tel. : +33 (0)3 26 59 72 26
Fax. : +33 (0)3 26 59 76 55www.champagne-driant-valentin.com