NV Champagne Benoit Dehu La Rue Des Noyers R14

NV Champagne Benoit Dehu La Rue Des Noyers R14

2 in stock

$143.00

2 in stock 2.66 kg .

Description

Benoit immediately began steering the domaine towards organic and biodynamic viticulture. Because the family Champagne house is well established, Benoit has the unique opportunity to both manage the estate and explore his passion for naturally farmed, handmade, artisanal Champagnes.  In 2011, he peeled off 1.70 hectares of choice vines that he farms biodynamically, 0.40ha of which are worked with a horse. With these vines he crafts a single-vineyard, single-vintage Champagne called “Cuvée La Rue des Noyers” which he bottles under his own label, Champagne Benoit Dehu. The wine is fermented and aged in oak barrels, many of which were made from trees in the nearby forest of Fossoy.  From this same parcel, Benoit produces a Coteaux Champenois white and red. All three wines are made from 100% Pinot Meunier grapes. This focused project allows Benoit to create three distinct expressions of Pinot Meunier from the same terroir.

The style of Benoit’s wines is intense, urgent and energetic with beautiful tension, fine minerality, and a beguiling white flower aroma from the Meunier. Though production is miniscule – only 2400 bottles – fellow vignerons are taking note of Benoit’s work and he is developing an enthusiastic underground following.  He has quickly established himself as a vigneron to watch in one of France’s most dynamic and progressive growing regions.

INTAGE
NV
BOTTLE SIZES
750 ML
COUNTRY
France
REGION
Champagne
APPELATION
Champagne
WINE TYPE
Sparkling
VARIETALS
Pinot Meunier
VARIETAL NOTES
100% Pinot Meunier
BIODYNAMIC
Certified
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
DESCRIPTION
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.

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