nv Diebolt-Vallois, Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne, a Cramant, France.
The Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blancs Brut is a fine all Chardonnay bubbly that shines in the glass and is lush and lavishly rich in the glass with a pure and expansive palate, but with an elegant velvety mousse and polished refinement, this is wonderfully crafted grower fizz that offers a lot of quality for the money. The decedent a Cramant delivers smooth and vibrant layers of green apple, lemon and creamy brioche as well as mineral notes, white flowers, lifting acidity, wet stone, exotic tropical expression and hazelnut with easy to love forwardness, while remaining vigorous and crisp, this is not as nervy as an extra brut, but still a thrill with a luxurious mouth feel and plenty of energy. Imported by Martine’s Wines, Champagne Diebolt-Vallois in the Cote de Blancs was founded back in 1959, but is now crafted by Arnaud Diebolt and family on the chalky soils that make this bubbly so divine, these are classy efforts that deserve attention. I can see much more of this sparkling wine in my future, it’s a lovely way to celebrate friends and life as well as a solid choice for meals, drink this beauty often, great for people like me on a budget, but loves a real Champagne from time to time!
($42 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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