95

Delamotte

$93

2002 Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs

Dark toned and rooty at first, this opens into a sunny Champagne that curves past scents of the woods and scents of the earth. If limestone could be wine, it would have the buzz of this 2002. The mouthwatering flavors extend for minutes, providing a glimpse of what this may become with another ten years in bottle.

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Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL

Reviewed by Joshua Greene | Dec 2012 | Add a comment

94

Delamotte

$87

Champagne Brut Rosé

This rosé bristles with the power and grace of a Vosne-Romanée, though its color is a more delicate salmon pink and its flavors more ethereal. You can breath its red fruit in the finish, where the strawberry notes turn vibrant and mouthwatering. The structure is substantial enough to match meat dishes, or pâté de foie.

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Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL

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93

Delamotte

$63

Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs

Rich in the middle while completely dry, this has the scent of chalk talc and the same austerity in its lively, crisp acidity. The fine effervescence gives it flash, while the sober, young chardonnay flavors carry the greenness of fresh English peas. If you open it now, you could pick up on that youthfulness next to a creamy spring pea soup with prosciutto.

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Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL

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91

Delamotte

$47

Champagne Brut (Best Buy)

Clean and fragrant with red fruit, this wine’s tart cherry and strawberry flavors integrate with the soil character, which acts as a scrim over the fruit. It feels lush within the tight confines of its structure. Built for food, this will accompany roast game birds.

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