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Its complexity is the result of this care and time. Fine bubbles and texture, with crystalline minerality, the 2002 vintage is structured and elegant and its honeyed depth expresses both power and finesse – the harmonious balance of a wine assured of a long and complex intriguing future.
Its color is a bright straw yellow with green hints. After an opening juicy, green apple nose come hints of white blossom, hawthorn and acacia, followed by lightly toasted notes. The initial taste is rich – a suave, creamy but refreshing wine. It is followed by peach, yellow fruit compote, the lacy feel of apple tart – with a fine persistence and a superb finish. The 2002 is an elegant, well-balanced vintage, perfectly representative of the vintage and the Mesnil-sur-Oger House.
A true pleasure with grilled fish, langoustine and shrimp, oysters, poultry and all cream dishes.
"Dark toned and rooty at first, this opens into a sunny Champagne that curves past scents of the woods and scents of the earth. If limestone could be wine, it would have the buzz of this 2002. The mouthwatering flavors extend for minutes, providing a glimpse of what this may become with another ten years in bottle.
Wine & Spirits
"Since around two-thirds of Delamotte production represents their basic Brut; another 25% their non-vintage Blanc de Blancs; and there is a bit of rose, too, it follows that their 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs represents a rare bird indeed; and from its being on the market now (in the form of a late-2012 disgorgement) you can recognize how little hurry the house is to release their vintage bottling. Already in the nose, hints of walnut and pistachio oils point toward the bittersweet, subtly smoky, faintly toasty aspect of a bottling that at the same time harbors pure and succulent apple and pear wreathed in heliotrope and orange blossom inner-mouth perfume. A vividly scallop-like and salivary gland-milking sweet- saline, mineral-animal savor opens the floodgates of the salivary glands, and for some of us, perhaps even the tear ducts. This finishes with extraordinary persistence and alliance of richness with levity. Especially considering that, in a vintage of this quality, Salon was not giving up their fruit to help inform this vintage Delamotte, it represents an outstanding accomplishment; and what's more, a quite stunning value for its genre.
The Wine Advocate
"Light, bright gold. Sexy, mineral-accented aromas of candied citrus fruits, quince, honeysuckle and ginger. Dry and nervy but densely packed, offering energetic orange, lemon and floral flavors and a late note of iodine. Impressively balanced and pure blanc de blancs with outstanding finishing clarity and mineral-driven persistence. Built for the long haul."
International Wine Cellar
"A mineral-driven version, with sleek acidity and a lively bead framing the notes of macerated peach and apricot, candied grapefruit zest and lemon meringue pie. Drink now through 2022. 2,500 cases imported"
"Delamotte's 2002 Blanc de Blancs bursts from the glass with lemon peel, brioche, flowers and spices. Rich, textured and utterly impeccable, the 2002 impresses for its breadth and creaminess. This is a fairly accessible 2002 with plenty of near and medium-term appeal. The long, pointed finish is especially of note."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"A relatively high-toned nose of green apple, baker's yeast, floral and citrus peel hints precedes the distinctly effervescent, even slightly foamy flavors that possess good depth on the bone dry finish. This is clearly still on its way up as the focused finish is still compact and while this is certainly refreshing and there is enough depth present to make for an interesting drink, it will be better in due course. In sum, there is good development potential and will especially please those who prefer very dry vintage Champagne."
The House of Delamotte is the fifth-oldest Champagne house in the region, founded in 1760. It is located in the heart of the Cote des Blancs in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Delamotte is small (just 25,000 cases annually) and one of Champagne's best-kept secrets. It is the sister winery of the legendary House of Salon. The two wineries sit side-by-side and are both run by Didier...Read More About Delamotte
Champagne is both a region and a method. The wines come from the northernmost vineyards in France and the name conjures an image like no other can. An 18th Century Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon is said to be the first to blend both varietals and vintages, making good wines not only great, but also special and unique to their winemaker. Today, nearly 75% of Champagne...Read More About Champagne
Vintage Champagne and Sparkling Wines
Vintage Champagne is made in particularly good years with optimum weather and the best grape selection.
Some houses, like Dom Perignon, only make vintage Champagne,
so they do not produce a wine every year and have no
What makes vintage Champagne better? Well, status for one - many vintage Champagnes are...Read More About Vintage
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