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The Dhont-Grellet Champagnes first came up on our radar when Adrien Dhont was voted Winemaker of the Year in 2017 at the prestigious Trophées Champenois competition sponsored by Bulles & Millésime Magazine. Grellet is a leader of the young, upcoming corps of Champagne winegrowers, who showcase their terroir through the diligent application of Burgundian and natural winemaking practices.

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The forthcoming release of the NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Les Terres Fines (2016) is based on the 2016 vintage, disgorged in December 2018 with two grams per liter dosage. Opening up to reveal scents of crisp green apples, white flowers, walnuts and a subtle touch of fino sherry, it's full-bodied, layered and incisive, with a deep, concentrated and muscular profile despite its racy acids and precise, undeniably mineral finish. (08/2019)"

William Kelly's Background Notes - "This visit with Adrien Dhondt was among the most exciting of my time in Champagne this spring. Dhondt-Grellet was formed by the marriage of Adrien's parents in 1986: the Dhondts were Belgian farmers in origin, and it was Adrien's grandfather that purchased vines in the Sézannais in the 1960s; whereas the Grellets hail from Cuis and Cramant in the Côte de Blancs. Beginning with a mere two hectares, today the domaine has tripled in size. Adrien has been making the wines since 2012. An autodidact whose methods are more informed by his own experiments and the experience of his friends in Burgundy and Champagne, he believes in living soils, grapes harvested at full maturity, élevage in wood and low dosage. Some blends are informed by the presence of older wines taken from a perpetual reserve established in 1986 on the domaine's inception. This approach yields complex, vinous wines that display considerable texture and power, though not at the expense of all the chalky refinement one expects from villages such as these. Dhondt has certainly hit the ground running, and I'm excited to follow his evolution as a winemaker over the decades to come. Everything reviewed here comes warmly recommended.(09/2021)"

Full disclousure: Our stock, which is also based on 2016, was held on the yeast for an additional 11 months and finished with a dosage of 1.5 grams per liter.
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