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Delamotte and Salon have been neighbors for more than a century and they have been considered sister houses since the two joined forces in 1988. In 1997 Didier Depond was appointed president of Salon and Delamotte and under his tenure both the quantity and quality of Delamotte's vintage Blanc de Blanc has been on the rise. While the firm still makes a regular Brut and a Brut Rose, Didier's passion is Chardonnay: "...Blanc de Blancs is really our identity card, a reflection of who we are and what we aim at: one day, in my craziest dreams, we will only sell Blanc de Blancs." Salon and Delamotte differ in two major ways; Salon religiously eschews malolactic-fermentation while Delamotte embraces it. Also, Salon is a mono- cru sourced exclusively from small plots in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger selected by Eugène-Aimé Salon at the beginning of the 20th century, while this 2014 Delamotte includes grapes from six Cote de Blancs Grand Crus: Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (20%): acidity, purity and chalky minerality. Avize (20%); balance and structure. Oger (20%), warmth, body and generosity. Cramant; smoky minerality. Chouilly; robustness and length. And finally, Oiry; acidity and roundness. While Salon obviously remains the star, Delamotte's vintage Blanc de Blancs has taken on quite a shine of its own particularly since the release of the very highly rated 2008 and 2012 vintages. As you can see from the consistently high scores below, this 2014 is another triumph for the Delamotte team and is a bargain to boot thanks to our Direct Import Pricing. By the way, if you have the curiosity and the means, we do have the current 2008 Salon vintage (Wine Advocate 100 Points) for sale in magnum format for $4,995.00.

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "Delamotte's just-released 2014 Blanc de Blancs has turned out very well indeed, opening in the glass with scents of citrus zest, crisp orchard fruit, fresh bread and wet stones. Medium to full-bodied, chiseled and incisive, with excellent depth at the core, racy acids and a chalky finish, this isn't as muscular as the 2008 or 2012, but it has real cut and persistence and should age very gracefully indeed."

VINOUS WINE MEDIA 94 POINTS - "The 2014 Blanc de Blancs is seriously impressive. Ample in feel, Delamotte is especially rich in 2014, and yet there is plenty of freshness to balance things out. This is an especially savory style for Delamotte, and one that works so well. Dried lemon peel, pastry, almond, dried herbs and chamomile open in a beautifully translucent Blanc des Blancs that marries power and finesse. I can’t wait to see how it ages."

JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "A pretty Blanc de Blancs with aromas of white grapefruit, lemon pith, dried honeysuckle and white peach. Silky and creamy with bright acidity and an elegant finish. Drink now."
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