• Paul Déthune, Brut "Millésime" Grand Cru Champagne 2012

Paul Déthune, Brut "Millésime" Grand Cru Champagne 2012

Pinot Noir-Chardonnay|Champagne, France

We're proud to offer this under-the-radar, boutique grower Champagne from the estate of Déthune. The wines of Paul Déthune have been top of our list for years – their limited bottlings are usually only found in restaurants and wine bars; savvy sommeliers quickly grab all they can upon release. The wines of Déthune were a must on any wine list I curated over the course of my two-decade career as a sommelier.

The house of Déthune is headed up by wife-and-husband team of Sophie and Pierre Déthune. They're located in the regal hamlet of Ambonnay, one of only 17 villages rated as "Grand Cru" in Champagne, and known for their Pinot-dominant, powerful yet delicate wines. Completely natural and organic farming reigns supreme here, including integrated pest management, solar power, and no chemicals in the vineyard. 

Our insider access has given us a minuscule allocation of this pure, elegant, and sublime 2012.

To me, their process in the cellar echoes that of Bollinger's, with ferments taking place in oak barrels and aging far longer than the legal minimum for vintage Champagne (eight years in this case). The result is a powerful, full-bodied expression of Ambonnay terroir, with golden apple, pear butter, toasty croissant, vetiver, and unmistakeable mineral texture. Just beautiful, complex, mouth-water stuff that drinks beautifully now and will surely only appreciate in bottle with a bit more age.

Did we mention that 2012 is on of the finest vintages of the last two decades? This is truly special stuff, and considering how in-demand the wines are and how laborious their process is, this wine should honestly command over $200/bottle. We barely got enough to even list publicly, and have the only offering of it in the country, so grab your allocation now. Cheers!

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